Saturday, December 25, 2010

Digital Community

As you can see from the photo above, we celebrated Christmas Eve in the Johnson-traditional way, long relaxing meal, then a slow opening of presents, with Isaac serving as the "Santa Claus". We did not wind up till almost midnight, with the couples slowly drifting off to their rooms and bed.
Now at almost 9:00 a.m. I was the only one up. Anna just got up and set up in the living room for a long "skype-home" with her family in White Bear Lake, MN. She will chat with them for an hour+, catching up with her niece and nephew and just chatting with each other.
I have just finished reading about you: I slowly read through facebook postings from last night and this morning from all over the world, commenting when appropriate and just enjoying your posted pictures and comments about how you celebrate Christmas. While I am alone I am also connected.
Last night MCC had a Candle-light service that was just about packed out. It was elegant because it was text and song with a brief meditation. Sanctuary lights were kept dim with all readings projected on the screens when needed. Liz played her flute with the worship team and with Chris Call on piano. The culminating moment of sanctuary lights off and the slow lighting of candles, one from another, was moving as always. Now we have this open day, with no plans but to be together.
Grace & Peace


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