I was considering what to write for the meditations column this week and I started thinking about all the “stuff” that comes our way via social media, 24-hour cable news and all the other means of so-called communication and I realized how little is in face to face contact. Many order food talking to a speaker outside of drive-thru fast-food places. Some actually commute to work from their laptop at home. We chat through texting. We converse through e-mail. ALL of these and so much more (even this meditations column) are reliant on electricity, electronics and computers. What would happen if they all went “off-line”? I recently had a hospital stay and had a heart catheter, which is inserted in a major artery and guided into your heart and EVERYTHING relied on computers. From check-in, to the patient room, to the O.R., all computerized. As I studied all this I became a bit concerned. Not so much about a power failure at the wrong moment, although that would not be good, but more about PERSONAL COMMUNICATION. It is still there, but slowly going away. I think we need to spend some time actually looking at another human and communicating with them. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is required for salvation. Religion can’t save you. Morality can’t save you. Political solutions can’t save you. Having all the right spiritual information can’t save you. It’s WAY past time to return to a simple understanding of “The Grace of God that brings salvation…” That grace was manifest in Jesus , our blessed hope. You must have a personal encounter with our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purity for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14. So in your “meditations” this week, don’t just “think” about things, actually spend time in The Word and then LISTEN as God speaks to you. THEN share what He says to you with another person FACE TO FACE! Go ahead, it might be a bit scary at first, but it is what we are supposed to do.