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Monday, August 20, 2007

Internet Bonds of Friendship

For anyone who thinks it is not possible to form strong bonds with "Internet" friends, you are mistaken. I have mentioned on several occasions friends I have met through myspace. A couple friends have even been guest writers here.

With all the bad hype myspace and other communities receive, I will defend it. It is up to you who you choose to connect with. Like attracts Like. If it wasn't for myspace or mybloglog, I would never had the opportunity to meet such special people. It is a wonderful feeling that warms ones heart.

The bond that forms is so strong, the friendship so real. This type of friendship is on a whole other level...it involves the mind, the soul and the heart, not the physical. The connection goes deeper.

Is it because you aren't face to face, in person, and can share your inner most thoughts and secrets? Is it because you are not being judged by how you look, what possessions you have or what job you go to day after day? Is it because when you write to one another, the truth comes out and you aren't afraid what the other person is thinking? Is it because the 'real you 'comes out?

The reason for this post is because one of my friends...Hippie (aka Natalie) needs our prayers.

Hippie is from Oklahoma. We began our friendship about a year ago. Starting with emails,that went right into IM's, quickly growing into phone calls. We even spoke about actually meeting each other one day.

I can't tell you the countless hours spent as we sat in front of our computers,using our web cams, laughing hard and out loud. The countless hours, days, months of chatting girl talk on the phone, telling our secrets, supporting each other through good and bad times. Whenever we needed each other, we knew we only had to 'log in' or call and bamm..we were there for each other.
Both of us going through break ups, we really leaned on each other for support.

I remember sitting in front of our computers; her helping me with my web site, me helping her with html and then realizing we had household chores to do, telling each other we'll meet back in 2 hours...I remember being on the phone while decorating our Christmas trees and telling each other the meaning behind each ornament we hung on the tree. I remember having a drink while being on the phone to toast the New Year. I remember all we shared and all that we know about each other, our families, friends and children.

I received an email that Natalie was in a motorcycle accident in Colorado. She is in a coma, had to have immediate brain surgery and is on life support. I spoke to her daughter last night and the chances are uncertain. I'm so far away and feel quite helpless. This news hit me like a ton of bricks.

So for any who are afraid to form a bond with an Internet friend..you are missing out on the wonderful friendship you can form. For anyone thinking it's not possible, you are wrong.

I believe in the power of prayer. If you are still reading this post, please include reading the prayer below...for Natalie...for anyone you feel is in need...and for YOU.

Prayer for the Sick
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.

Tend your sick ones, O Lord
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones.
And for all your love's sake. Amen.

Saint Augustine

Please let me end this with a plea to anyone who ride motorcycles...PLEASE WEAR A HELMET


Kimberly McKay said...

Dear Lord,
Please keep Hippie in the center of your will. Lord we ask that you lay your hands on her and bless her with healing. I ask that you give the doctors wisdom to know the right things to do for her. With whatever swelling may come to the brain from her coma, I pray you release it in order to help her recover.
Thank you Jesus.

AC Associates said...

Dear Wornoutwoman,
I can't thank you enough for your visit. Your prayer left me teary eyed and with chills.. that someone will join me...us, in praying for Nat.

You are a wonderful person
May God Bless You

WaterLearner said...

Hi Andrea!

I will join you in your prayers. Have Strength!

lilifxt said...

hi andrea i loved that post coz ive been thinking of internet friends lately your words touched my heart "it involves the mind, the soul and the heart, not the physical. The connection goes deeper." you are absolutely right
these days to build up new friendship around u is really hard coz people tend to think of the benefits they will from each other i mean benefits for their financial matters or jobs they just want to take and not give on blogs community we do meet each other minds and souls as u said peolr from around the world thats the beauty of friendship on internet ......im so glad i met few nice people and u r one of them ....God bless u my friend

AC Associates said...

Dear Lili,
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.
It's the truth, isn't it? Internet friends can bring a special bond that is so heart warming.
Bless you too, you are a special person

Anonymous said...


i appreciate the style of your writing. i have been browsing through some of your friends who have linked with you to get ideas about blogging, i hope you won't mind. may i add you in my link?


AC Associates said...

Dear Waterlearner,
Thank you for stopping by and joining us in prayer. This means so much to me.

AC Associates said...

Dear Ida,
Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment.
Of course I don't mind. We find friends thru others. Please let me know if you have added a link and I will in turn, link back.
Such an honor. Thank you

Anonymous said...

I have known the depth of the bond of online friendship - so much so that I thought I'd found my soul mate.

But alas I was wrong.

AC Associates said...

people I have told about Natalie, just look at me all strange. Some just don't understand. You learn about the other in such a different way. I'm so glad you understand, but sorry things didn't work out. I'm sure out of a sad situation will come something positive. Keep hope close by. If you ever want to chat, please reach out.

Anonymous said...

i'm so sorry. my wishes...

and please keep us posted.

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