July marks three years that I've been rambling here about my life and my views of the world. I appreciate the fact that some of you reading this have read nearly every word. I'm not sure why you do it, but I certainly hope you continue. I know exactly why I continue to write. It's because of you!
I'm amazed by how many people the Lord has added to my life over the past few years. I've met people through this blog and through my other blogs and websites who have enriched my life in ways I could have never imagined. And I do mean that I have actually met people because of my blog. I've also talked on the phone with some. I've written and received letters. I've exchanged emails. I hear some folks talk about the "imaginary" or "phony" people on the internet, and they are both fearful and critical of any relationship that might form in cyberspace. However, it has been my experience that the internet is like anything else- you have to use some common sense about it.
People, especially women, have always desired more communication with each other. I remember in the 1970s pen pals were very popular. The backs of magazines listed the names and addresses of pen pals. There were even a few magazines devoted entirely to connecting people with each other. If any of us had really given it some thought, it was probably a risky thing to do- writing to a total stranger and believing whatever she wrote back. I wrote to dozens of women!! Dozens more wrote to me. In all of the years I exchanged letters with pen pals I had one bad experience. One person was not who she appeared to be and was not very nice. The blessings of the exchanges with everyone else more than made up for one bad apple.
I also continue to write because it makes me think. Sometimes I think about what is important to me. Sometimes I think about what might be important to you. The process keeps me from blindly wandering through the days of my life.
My husband often observes that I don't get many comments on my blog. He's afraid that's an indication that people aren't reading it. However, as I'm quick to point out to him, I get a lot of emails from you. Most of you prefer to tell me at length what you like or don't like about my writing. And I love getting your emails! Also, the account stats that Typepad provides lets me know how many people are reading and when. I wish I had twice as many readers, but we'll work on that during the coming year.
One of my dearest friends is having surgery today. So I will end this with another great advantage of communicating with so many people at once: I can ask you to pray for my friend and for her doctor. She is a very active member of her church and a tireless worker for the Lord. This is a difficult operation and the outcome will impact the lives of many people. Please pray that she heals quickly.
Thank you for reading. I hope to give you a reason to continue to do so during the coming year.