Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010?
What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
(Author: Cali Harris)
Last night I got an email from a friend I went to high school and college with. Sarah blogs here. Highly suggest you check her out. It might motivate her to blog a little more often. Ahem.
Tiffany is a friend of mine and Sarah’s from high school and has probably had one of the most difficult years I’ve ever witnessed. Tiffany’s house was destroyed in the Nashville floods. While she was pregnant. She had to be rescued from the flood via boat.
A couple of months later, in July, Tiffany gave birth to William Morgan. Will was born with Brittle Bone Disease and doctors didn’t believe that he would make it very long, as in mere days. Will proved all those medical degrees wrong and made it months, and he decided he didn’t want to go home to heaven until this past weekend.
Not only do Tiffany and her husband, Jason, have the obvious emotional and spiritual struggle of losing a home and a child within months of one another, there is a huge financial burden on them too. Rebuilding their flooded home, medical expenses, and recently finding out their tenant (in a home Tiffany owned prior to getting married) has skipped out on the lease means that they are staring at a mountain of financial stress.
As I got ready for work this morning I wondered how I’d share this with you guys. It feels so out of place here. I haven’t seen Tiffany in years and the only reason I know anything about what’s going on in her life is because of Facebook. Does that feel dirty to anyone else? That I would get to be intimately involved in her life, reading her status updates and looking through her photo albums, without having to invest in her or her struggles at all. Even writing that last sentence makes me feel dirty, much less the fact that it’s, well, the truth.
So this morning’s Reverb10 prompt? About community, online or otherwise? Yeah, that’s interesting. Or it’s God.
I can’t consider my digital world (Facebook, Twitter, this blog) a community if I’m not willing to let the impact of our relationship cross over into the “real” world. Knowing about your life is gossip. Caring and doing something to show you that you are valued, loved and that your prayers to God are being heard? That, my friends, is community. Fortunately, that can happen digitally or “in real life”.
I’m going to donate $25 to Tiffany and her family. Right now, the only way I know how to do that is by sending money to Antioch First Baptist Church. At first, I thought that was inconvenient and I’d rather just donate through PayPal or something. But you know what? Taking the time to write a check and put it in the mail seems like a petty inconvenience in light of the family I want desperately to help.
If you want to donate, especially if you went to high school with us and you’ve followed Tiffany, Jason and Will’s fight silently through Facebook, send your check here:
Antioch First Baptist Church
2601 Una Antioch Pike
Antioch, TN 37013-2909
Make checks payable to “Antioch First Baptist Church” and be sure to CLEARLY INDICATE you wish to contribute to the “Wiggers Fund” in the comments area.
And to get more information on helping find a tenant for the Wiggers check out Sarah’s post here.