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The Lonely Sound of Anonymity

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Jun 02 in Musings
Yep. It’s a crazy world. Things are changing faster than any one person can follow.  Yesterday Anne and I walked down Hollywood Boulevard in the late afternoon, en route to an event at the El Capitan Theater. Though I am often on the Boulevard, it never ceases to amaze me. Steering around the tourists, police cars, tour buses, superhero characters and street folks is a cultural experience all by itself. Then I looked across the street and saw the signage for a relatively new building front: The Museum of Broken Relationships.  I had to know more, so I checked online. It’s a legitimate museum. Sort of. If you have experienced a painful breakup in a relationship, friendship, even a severed relationship with your city or country- you can send your artifacts into the “museum.”  And you can visit to view the letters, returned keys, and wedding rings of hundreds of broken relationships. One person even sent in a symbolic representation of a break-up with their “younger more idealistic self.”  For public display. Anonymously. Really?
The anonymity of such a museum reminded me of a 2005 internet fad still active called “PostSecret.com.” People send postcards from all over the country, all over the world, to Frank Warren, who started the site. He’s not a Christian. But each Sunday he posts the cards he finds most compelling. He has been deluged with postcards, hundreds of millions since 2005, which contain on them- people’s anonymous confessions. People send them in an attempt to break the silence, or relieve some of the weight of carrying guilt and shame. Anonymous. Confession.

It sounds simplistic, but what if folks in the pain of broken relationships had a real person to listen and pray with them? It sounds elementary, but what if people carrying guilt and shame could talk to a friend who loved them and be assured of Jesus’ forgiveness? It sounds crazy, but what if YOU could be that person for someone else? Do you know what a difference it makes in someone’s life to have even one friend, one real, live, breathing person who hears, prays, loves, and points them to Jesus? Nothing virtual or anonymous even comes close. Here is a mission assignment that requires no special training, no huge amounts of time and no technology of any kind. Just be a friend, and attentive to the people around you. 
 
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers (and sisters), be compassionate and humble.”  I Peter 3:8
 
          See you soon,
                       Pastor Dan

 


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