“THE FAMILY” — Lent, Day 6

community

On sojourns around YouTube, I’ve become a fan of listening to Christian music while surfing Facebook or writing blogs.   One of my particular favourites  is “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong Worship.  (You can watch it here.)

One of the most fascinating things about watching Christian music videos on YouTube is this…

YouTube comments are infamously known as one of the places that is basically a Wild West online.  A good comparison are the boards on 4 Chan.  People hide behind usernames and fake profiles.  They have free rein to post the most disturbing and damaging comments online with very little, if any, moderating happening.

But yet–despite all of this, I began perusing the comments left on the these videos and I found myself uplifted by the emotions and thoughts people all over the world were leaving.

Here are some samples:

“13,493,763 people have clicked and listened to this song, that means over 13 million people are either praising the lord or for the first time experiencing God….i believe that is something to celebrate more often then people realize.”  –DragoonZell

“Hi Guys, I just want to share that whoever is reading this, that these last few years have been tough…rejected time and time again, struggling to get employed, overcoming bad vices. I felt like a total wreck but Christ suffering has taught me to stay true to my faith and I can truly say something mysterious has been guiding me to the right path recently and I’m very thankful for that. Stay strong my fellow brothers and sisters who are suffering out there in one way or another. Just remember, Christ will answer your prayers if you sincerely and intently pray according to His will and not for your own selfish desires. God Bless.”  –nvnjo

I will never, ever forget having a particularly rough night while I was on vacation in Florida, and I walked out to the deck, the moon was shining brightly over the ocean and the waves were crashing on the shore. It was the middle of the night, it was quiet, as if I was the only one awake. As I started singing, tears streamed down my face, slowly but steadily. And through a shaky voice, I kept singing. It was then God spoke ever so clearly and said “This is what it feels like to worship Me through feeling broken.” I will never forget that. That as I lifted my hands and with a shaky voice, sang these words. And ever so clearly hearing God tell me that I could be broken and worship. ” -IKECH545

It’s absolutely amazing how many people are posting their experiences, their life stories.  Even more amazing is reading posts where people are asking for prayer and hundreds of posters will type out a quick (or lengthy) reply, a prayer of support reaching through the wires of technology to someone possibly thousands of miles away.

Through the gift of technology, we have become an international family, celebrating together our faith, our beliefs.  Whether you grow up attending a small or large church, you can quickly become very set in your view of the Christianity and the Christian community.  But as we reach out to each other, to those in need around us, our eyes WILL be opened to the world around us, to the millions of other believers who are celebrating life with us.

 

Oh I can see it now
Oh I can see the love in your eyes
Laying yourself down
Raising up the broken to life
-Hillsong Worship

 

DAILY PRAYER:  LORD, thank you for the gift of technology, for being able to reach out quickly to those internationally who may need a word of encouragement or prayer.  Help my eyes to be opened to the community in need around, specifically to my brothers and sisters.  Amen.

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