Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Taking Sides

Mara logs onto Facebook, takes a sip of coffee, and begins scrolling through her news feed. She reads about how a friend's toddler dumped an entire jar of applesauce on the floor. She snickers at a meme posted by her cousin.

And then she sees a picture that fades her smile. About 20 of her old college friends crowd around a picnic table, laughing faces posed to commemorate a summer afternoon.

If it were four years ago, Mara would have been there, too. Now the only connection she has with her one-time close Christian community is a lingering digital facade.

Sometimes she still wonders how it all happened. How could a difference of opinion between two people devastate so many relationships? How could one disagreement change her life so completely?

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