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Cyber Hugs
by Yvonne Blake 
03/12/08
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This world is changing fast. Who would have thought that you could be in contact with someone on the other side of the world within seconds? Technology is changing our lives faster than we can comprehend it. A hundred years ago, it was just beginning. Telephones were just coming into homes. A cry for help could speed the doctor or fire truck on their way. A child could call home. Friends could reunite.

Today, the computer, with its world of internet, has linked us to even more places and more people than ever. We can chat with strangers in the other hemisphere, as if they were sitting across the table, sipping coffee with us. We can read news as it happens. We can “speak” with many people at the same time. We can fellowship with Believers from other cultures and languages.

I’ve seen God use the power of cyber prayer. I’ve opened my morning “mail” to find a prayer for me, written by a sister who, because of severe pain, couldn’t sleep and prayed for me in the night. Oh, the power of prayer! A missionary is ill with malaria, or needs protection in a dangerous situation, or lacks a visa to cross a border. With a few taps on their keyboard, the cry for prayer goes out, and fellow believers all over the world lift them in prayer. Also, we can rejoice immediately and share their joy of God’s answer.

Written words are powerful, and like spoken words, they must be watched and guarded. The reader cannot see your gestures or hear the intonations. There is the chance you might be misunderstood and feeling hurt. Submit your writing to His will and working of the Spirit to be used for His glory. He can do mighty things through your hands. “Let words of my mouth (and pen) be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

I love to give hugs to all those around me, but when my friends are thousands of miles away, it’s a little hard. I’ve learned to be sensitive to others feelings as I read their emails. Are they lonely? Are they in pain? Are they discouraged? A verse or prayer can lift my friend or sister-in-th-Lord. Just a smiley or a cyber hug can heal a hurting heart. I’ve gotten quite creative with the keyboard symbols, making my own smileys and icons.

Has God given you the gift of encouragement? Let the Lord use your emails to touch others, to lift them, to pray “with” them, to make them smile.

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Anita Johnson 19 Jul 2008
Encouragement is needed in this world of woe. Encouragement comes in many forms even when it seems to some as being too harsh. Truth will always encourage as a final result. Thank you!
Carl Halling 20 Jun 2008
The gift of encouragement is a precious thing! Amen to it!
Sara Harricharan  12 Mar 2008
Awww, this is SO sweet! And so very true, I can't begin to count the number of times a prayer or cyber-hug/smiley has made my day. Well done! ^_^
Connie Allen 12 Mar 2008
I LOVED YOUR ARTICLE. SO TRUE, SO NEEDFUL. GOD BLESS YOU.




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