I am so thankful for the prayer you sent by email last evening. Thank you for praying for me and encouraging me.
Thank you for reaching out to me on social media. I love the fact that we can share in each other's day and connect when we live so far away from each other.
I love the jokes you sent me. I laughed much longer than necessary. Thank you for making me laugh today.
Ding. Vibration. Ring. All day long every day. Our phones vibrate, ring, light up and alert us that someone is attempting to get into contact with us. Sometimes, the notifications are annoying. They alert us while we are working, when we are with a client, trying to make dinner, or working with kids on homework. We silence our phone and stash it in a location to be picked up later when we actually have time to address other matters. But there are also the notifications that make us smile.
When my phone rings, and it my sister or my best friend, I am so excited to see they are calling. An email from a friend I haven't stayed in contact with very well can change the course of a day. Even the occasional like or heart on social media. Or the comments of, "You are not alone, me too." "I miss you, can we get together next week?" "I love seeing how much your kids are growing up!" These notifications warm my heart, enable me to treasure relationships even more and crave community.
But that is the point. Technological touch points throughout the day should encourage us to take one step further. To reach out to the friend going through a tough time and actually sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee together. To meet that group of friends that has promised to get together for the last year and haven't been able to find a time that works. Our days should be filled with the physical presence of loved ones, not just the online presence.
My favorite notifications make me smile and sometimes blush. They make me feel good about relationships and affirm what I have been investing in and what I have been encouraged by. Notifications are often the -I love you, I am thinking of you, I am praying for you, I miss you - that we all need and want to hear.