To my online sisters

4924322070_fc29c2086b_zThe internet has allowed us to connect, often deeply and personally, even if we will never meet face to face.

The internet allows us to knit together family built not on blood or kinship but on shared doctrine and desire for families that resemble ours. It can be hard to find that in our local communities so having distance fade away when you sign on is a wonderful boon we’ve received from technology.

The internet also allows the exchange of ideas. I don’t need to wait months for the delivery of a series of letters on a new book. News travels fast and gossip travels faster. I have personally opened my mouth (well, put hands to keyboard, whatever) too quickly and had things come out that I later regretted. The instantaneous nature of the internet, coupled with the ability to “say” our words to a screen, rather than straight to a person’s face, can make it hard to remember that on the other end is a sister we may well be hurting.

The world is full of discord. Of strife. The church has more than Her fair share of that, too. We Lutherans sometimes eat our own.

I would like to see the Katie Luther sisters be sisters in true- that we love each other, and strive to better the relationship.

This doesn’t mean eschewing opinion or keeping back a word of reproof when needed. What it does mean (and I include myself in this) is remembering that we are all real people. Sinners, redeemed by our Lord, eager for a chance to discuss and learn and connect.

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Holly Scheer

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To my online sisters — 5 Comments

  1. My dear friends, I have been waiting for this site for a long time. Thank you so much for your time and effort! His peace to all who post here.

  2. This site is a great idea. I’m a “listener/reader”, so I look forward to reading articles and postings. Depending on the subject, I may do some postings, but be warned I not good with words. Thank you for this opportunity. God Bless.

  3. WONDERFUL to find this! I’m a lifelong Lutheran, Concordia grad, and LCMS church secretary(and author). I just started an in-your-face bold blog to encourage those living in fear in these trying times to BOLDLY stand up for Jesus! It is unabashedly Lutheran, so I am THRILLED to find this!
    Kristen

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