I’d rather text than talk.” Ever hear that thought expressed or felt that way yourself? Shirley Turkle, in her book “The Power of talk in a Digital Age”, points out the dangers of letting our relationships slip while we disappear in what she calls the “absent presence” of our screens. This is having a negative effect on interpersonal relationships especially in the family. Empathy, discovery, patience, debate and mentoring all thrive in conversation, but are not doing well with today’s technology. But as important as it is to communicate with our family and friends, the most essential relationship is that which we all need with our Heavenly Father. And we don’t need a smart phone to reach Him. He invites each of us to “Call upon me and … I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” That’s a conversation we all need.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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