Blessings on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in His flesh, Friends. By Friends, I include the 4, 948 ‘friends’ on Facebook. You are close family, Clan kin, West Point classmates – my band of brothers, old Soldier comrades, former colleagues, Church family, political buddies (otherwise known as unindicted co-conspirators), neighbors, friends and friends of my late Nellie who I’ve seen, shared words and time. And, the huge majority of you are folks I’ve never seen or heard.
Yet, I count many of you as actual friends – some good acquaintances – because you’ve shared life and responded when I shared life on social media. We are friends because I sent a request to you as a Christian, Conservative, Constitutionalist or Southerner. Or, you sent me a request because my grandkids are adorable. Regardless, our connection makes Zuckerberg filthy rich, because he tapped into our humanity. Our need to communicate. Our need for community and companionship. So many of our drives, as the social animals we humans are, are linked by social networking – all puns intended.
Because of our humanity, everything we touch will be soiled by our evil and bettered by our good – which comes from our relationship with the one, only, true, living God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit of the Holy Bible gives us gifts to share.
First is life itself. We can speak life to others. We can share our support and stand up in cyberspace – to stand up in person as called, for life. All life matters. Even the lives of our sworn enemies – and their eternal spirits count.
Second is love. We can share agape (undeserved selfless love – Grace), philos (friendship), storge (family) and eros (romantic – within the rules) love. The first three out of four are well suited and perfect for social networking through cyber space to make a real difference in the lives of others.
Third is light. We can promote encouragement, exhortation, and education. For me, that’s the chief connection with you assorted Christians, Conservatives, Constitutionalists and Southerners. We help one another by shining light against the darkness. I was told, “You will read and write” on March 15, 1987. So, I do.
Finally for this piece – because there is much more to be said about our networking, is laughing and crying. We can share a good funny and give compassion as the opportunity arises and the need demands. You are so good at this.
Thank you for all you said and did in 2016.
Life is about relationships. Period. True, we have to do our duties, but all that matters once they’re done, really, is relationships. Foremost with the Lord Jesus Christ and then with all others.
God is good. All the time. No matter what No matter what.
Merry CHRISTmas 2016 and Happy New Year 2017!
James Atticus Bowden
Sanctuary – Poquoson, Virginia