“I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.” (3 John 1:13-14, NIV)
John’s affection for his people (or as he refers to them: his “children”) is obvious in each of his three letters. As a practical matter, John wrote when he must, but he wanted to visit — “face to face” — when he could.
Since the days of John, we’ve added option upon option to our communications menu: Snail mail, telegraph, telephone, e-mail, Skype/Facetime, text. But, as John noted in today’s scripture, there is no substitute for physically “being there.”
In the coming New Year, consider who you need to visit, face to face. Make the plan, and commit the time and the money for its success. – Luther