Alleluia He is risen!
I send that greeting to all of my friends with the wish that they enjoy the Easter holiday even in a secular way!
Years ago if I was writing about someone I'd met via the net I would always put "friend" in inverted commas...as though the friend wasn't real, it was just an English way of doing it. Now "friend" needs no commas.
Some of my friends on Twitter and Facebook are people I've known for years. Some since before I moved to Cornwall. Some I have met in person of course. People on Facebook tend to be relations or colleagues, people I see fairly regularly...but the ones on Twitter are mostly strangers...except of course they are not.
Last year or possibly the year before I met someone in church who I'd known via Twitter for years. She recognised me but I would have had no clue to her identity till she introduced herself.
I have made friends with people who read my blog , who have left kind comments on it...I often find they are bloggers too and reciprocate regularly.
If we met face to face we would not recognise each other unless our avatars are much better than I think they are! But I count them as real friends, not just disembodied voices in print!
And when they get in touch giving me advice and warmth and love I value it in a way that some of my other "friends" don't understand.
The Internet has many faults and is used by unscrupulous people for their own ends but today I thank God with all my heart for my disembodied friends...
And I also thank God for the joy I can feel on this Easter morning and share with all my friends both in the church where I am headed now and here on the net!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!