Birthday by Facebook

Last Saturday was my birthday.  Nearly 200 people sent their greetings through the computer.

There were simple greetings, longer notes, drawings, and videos.

Family by blood and by marriage.  Friends from every age, coworkers from every job, classmates and former students.  Old friends I rarely see.  Acquaintances I met once or twice.  Even some whom I’ve not met yet in person.

I don’t see 200 friends or family in any day, and I certainly don’t get greeted by even half that many.

We often complain about the technology that invades our lives and distracts us from those we love, but last week reminded me of how well technology can be used to draw us together and make the world smaller.

That’s good to remember as we prepare to move across oceans and continents for Christ’s Great Commission.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”

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