I continue to be humbled by the profound personal impact that broadband has had on my life. I have written about our 13-year-old son, who is suffering from a chronic nerve injury in his foot. He has missed most of the sixth and seventh grades, but messages of prayer and support from friends on Facebook have renewed our faith and given us the strength we need as parents to help our boy beat this and return to being a normal kid.
Less than two weeks ago, a dear friend was thrown from a horse during a riding event and suffered a serious brain stem injury. She fell into a coma almost immediately and her family has been at her bedside ever since -- waiting, hoping and praying. While she in Intensive Care, her friends are not able to visit in person, but we have been in constant contact via the web. Her daughter used a wonderful site called Caringbridge.org, allowing us to check on her progress anytime.
CaringBridge bills itself as a "free, personal and private website that connects people experiencing significant health challenges to family and friends, making each health journey easier." It is nothing short of a blessing. We can post our own notes of hope and support, which are an immediate source of encouragement to her children. Our friend can cherish these digital love letters later, when she recovers.
In less than than 10 days, her page has been visited nearly 5,000 times and almost four hundred people have posted uplifting notes of tenderness and prayer. This link to our friend has been a godsend. She is a dear woman, a nurturing mom, a loyal friend, a talented artist and an accomplished rider. She is quirky and silly and she has an infectious smile that always lets you know everything will be okay. Now it is our turn to let her know that we believe and that we care.
We are waiting for our sleeping beauty to awaken, but in the meantime, we are connected to her and to her family through this remarkable gift of the Internet. For generations, people have sent thoughts and well-wishes in person. Now, even if we are half a world away, we can join together and our prayers are just a mouse click away. In my heart, I know that these messages make a difference. Our spiritual connection is as strong as ever. Thanks to technology, it has simply gone digital.
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