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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: Four Musketeers of the Internet
By christina weigand



Jesus is my best friend and my husband is a very close second. I also have three friends with whom I can only share virtual hugs. I have never met these three people face to face, but I pray that it is Godís will that someday weíll meet face to face if not in this world then in Godís heaven.

What makes these three people so special, when I canít seem to connect to people that are physically closer to me? My first guess would be we all share our love of Jesus. Not that I discriminate against those who donít share my love of God, but there is a deep bond that only those who love Jesus can touch.

We are all writers. We share joys and disappointments on a level that non-writers have trouble comprehending.

Through our computers, we four have found each other and forged a connection that reaches beyond the intricacies of this computer age.

When I need a shoulder to cry on or someone to do a virtual happy dance with, one of them is always there to share with me as I am for them. We've shed many a tear, both in joy and sorrow over our computer connections. Prayers for each other have been sent to God when needed as well as helping each other to find or expand our faith. They have been my supports when Iíve felt I couldnít go on and pushed me to move forward when I've stalled. They donít judge me for my looks and they accept all my flaws. Instead, they guide me in ways to correct my shortcomings without condemning me.

We have become the Four Musketeers of the Internet. Next to God and my husband, Trish, Lucie and George are my best friends. It is said being a writer is a lonely profession, but with these three, a finger touch away it becomes a little less lonely.

May God Bless Lucie, Trish and George and may it be Godís will that someday the four of us will meet face-to-face.

Hugs to All!!!

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Leticia Caroccio04/11/05
I am still amazed at the vastness of the Internet. Virtual dating and virtual hugs, don't you miss the personal, physical touch, that look in the eyes of the one you are talking to? But to each his (or her) own. With my busy schedule I keep in touch by email more than I actuall see my friends and my sisters, so I know. Thank you for sharing.
darlene hight04/11/05
I love the way that you have brought the common thread of Christ and writing into this piece. It's a great tribute to your friends.
Nancy Hardy04/11/05
A very lovely tribute to your online compadres. The uniqueness of technology offers us even greater opportunities to add precious bouquets to our garden of friendship. Delightful and enjoyable read!! - Nancy
Phyllis Inniss 04/12/05
I enjoyed this piece very much as I can unerstand how you can become close to someone on the internet without even seeing him/her. This connection with others on the net allows you to reach out in ways that you might not have done if that person were near. It's a beautiful friendship anyway.
Dixie Phillips04/13/05
(((YOU))) I've just got to give you a hug! I, too, have made precious friendships over the internet. I know they were "GOD ORDAINED!" I sure hope your friends got to read this lovely tribute! Hugs and Fishes, <>< Dixie
Suzanne R04/16/05
And here is another reader who can identify with you. Physical contact with friends is great, and this comment isn't to detract from that, as your article doesn't either. BUT on the internet, you quickly develop friendships with people with whom you have a lot in common. It means that there is more to pack into the day, but oh, how rich life becomes. Thanks for posting.