We arrived back from Winnipeg on Friday to find that our wireless router had died while we were gone. Did I panic? Of course not but I did go straight to Best Buy to get a new one in spite of the fact that I was still feeling spaced out because of lack of sleep. It made me aware of how dependent I have become on the internet, email and believe it or not even the blogosphere. Is out use of the internet good or bad? That I think deserves a long discussion in itself. Does it improve or detract from our connectedness to God? For some is definitely distracts – a friend of ours is currently struggling with the fact that his son is definitely addicted to the internet and his marriage is breaking up as a result.
I would certainly like to know what you think. Here is a great modern day Celtic style prayer that I came across in a book called Blessings for the Fast Paced and Cyberspaced, that at least connects the two and maybe helps us think about the ways that the internet can enhance rather than destroy our spiritual life.
O God, make my tools of technology into instruments of your peace today.
May my cell phone connect me to blessings but disconnect me from trivia.
May my car move me to safety past road rage and road rush.
May my e-mail enrich me with connectedness
May the internet open up the world to me but not snare me into addictions.
When day is done, may I come home again out of stress into peace and joy