Day 346

Today’s Reading – Acts 20-23


When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship. 

Acts 20:36-38 CEB

In the day and age of social media and Skype, I don’t think we can begin to comprehend this scene.

My wife and I used to grieve whenever we left our son and grandkids in Connecticut. We knew it would be at least another year before we would see them again. But now we see them nearly every week thanks to Skype.

As wonderful as technology is for keeping us in touch with one another. I wonder if we haven’t lost the sense of personal connection – the embrace of friendship.

Take time this holiday season to embrace the ones that you love.

They have yet to develop an app for that.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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