In the last few days, I’ve been organizing the address book for our e-mail account. As I engaged in that tedious project, I came to an interesting realization. Too often, we are on the receiving end e-mails, and we don’t really realize what we may be a part of....
In our address book, I find friends from high school, college, grad school, seminary and beyond; I find men and women and teenagers and even children.
There are people who live in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and…Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Ghana, England, Kazakhstan, China, Egypt, Grenada, Dubai and more!
A lot of the folks are Methodists…but there are also Baptists, Presbyterians, Anglicans/Episcopalians, Quakers…and certainly agnostics (of which a few might even claim to be atheists!)
Some of the folks in that address book are people I worked with in school…others in churches…still others as part of mission teams.
There are family members there—parents, siblings, children, cousins, aunts and uncles…and then some.
Some of the email addresses belong to the very wealthy…and some to the very poor…and many to that broad group called ‘middle class.’
Some are Republicans...some are Democrats...some are Independents...some are other lands and the parties there...and some are "I-don't-know-and-don't-care's!
Some of the people there I have known for over 40 years…some I’ve met only recently, in the last few months.
Some have helped us by supporting our work in Venezuela and Mexico by sending money…some have helped by sending us encouraging emails…some have helped by praying for us…and some have helped by doing nothing and not saying anything!
The wonderful and amazing thing is that we really do know almost every single one of you who are in our address book. We’ve met you and know you and you know us. When I see that there are some 800 names in my address book, I realize that we are truly blessed…and we thank you for keeping up with us, for supporting us in various ways, for tolerating too few or too many e-mails!
When you receive that e-mail from us next time, realize that you are part of a huge, beautiful, multifaceted, international, group of people that somehow share at least one commonality--probably more--and that we are so grateful for you!