So I’ve been at the hospital for more than seven whole days and the free internet access has logged me out automatically! This is bugging me on several fronts. Firstly, the fact that I’ve been in for MORE than seven days! You don’t even get that long for serious problems. Well, maybe you do. Sometimes. Let’s just say it’s been an experience. One never forgotten and hopefully never repeated.
Secondly, the fact that I was logged off automatically after seven days. I mean, do you know how boring it is in hospitals these days? There’s no hospital radio. They’re all gone. The TVs by the beds have all gone caput. So without smart phones & wifi we’re all a bit stuffed.
While feeling for those few folk without an Internet ready device, I can’t help having felt a little twinge last night that I’d been logged out. I suddenly felt ‘Don’t you want me any more? Am I not welcome? How on earth am I going to watch the last few episodes of Star Trek? My 3G won’t last that long!’
It’s amazing how quickly one gets institutionalised. (Around a week, apparently!). Astounding how those little things really start to matter. And it gets me thinking about how you know you belong – how you feel ‘logged in’. If it’s a tennis club or a gym, you’ve got a membership card. A good membership also makes you feel part of the group, like you really belong.
It’s the little things that count. I feel logged in to family because of the way they’ve supported me during my time of need. Ditto church. So many folk have helped Katy (my wife) with lifts to the hospital & offers of help & visits. I’ve got to name these superstars. Gareth House, Wilf Ashburn, David & Glynis Coombes, Emma Brunton, Paul Lanza, Margaret Brunsdon, Mung Hatzaw, Ewen Blaker, Irma Spence, Paul Kerley, Rob Sylvester, Alan Dinnie, Josh Carter. You’ve truly fulfilled the command of the book of James to put faith into action.
To all those friends round the world who have been praying too. Thank you. It makes me feel logged in to the people of God and to that faith which sustains. What else makes me feel logged in to God? It is prayer. In the small hours when one wakes feeling truly awful, heart pumping & pain radiating down arm and up neck. It is the Lord who is always there.
I’ve got my church membership certificate and I remember my baptism. These are the ways we log in to church & faith. But the Holy Spirit showing me Jesus every day, the encouragements from other Christians, the inspiring words of Scripture every day, these help me more to know I really belong.
I hope that the church is as good with folk who are not ministers. I hope so, because we all need to log in.
So what are you logged in to? What are your connections? And what is it that makes you feel connected and stay connected? Comments below are welcome, either on Facebook or WordPress.