The ubiquitous telephone! It has become an appendage for almost everyone. But I think it is a communication tool that detracts from real communication. Don’t get me wrong. I like my phone, the ability to communicate a quick message and get a quick response. Our modern communication tools are helpful, but there is no way to get to know someone in a 140 character Tweet, or an even briefer text. A friend of mine stopped by the other day. We sat in the living room and talked for more than an hour. My wife went out with a girl friend for lunch on Friday. Two and a half hour later she returned. That is communicating. That is sharing lives and bonding together in valuable relationships. That is what our Lord created us to do. We are to be a part of one another, and to be there to support one another. Phones are helpful, but let’s not neglect real communication. Oh, and by the way, let’s not treat our prayers like a phone call. Take your time with our Lord.