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Hello? Echo? Hello? Echo?

Posted on September 14, 2017
By Mike Harper
89.5 KVNE East Texas Christian Radio Hello Echo Hello Echo Heard On Air Blog
Mike Harper
89.5 KVNE Mornings

My Friend Fletch and I recently each won an Amazon “Echo” at a ping pong tournament. I know, it sounds like the first line of a joke, but it actually happened.

The Echo is a smart speaker consisting of a 9-inch tall cylinder that connects to a voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant responding to the name “Alexa.”89.5 KVNE East Texas Christian Radio Hello Echo Hello Echo Heard On Air Blog

I couldn’t wait to get it to the office and try it out. Alexa can do everything from play music, keep your to-do list, Wikipedia Abraham Lincoln, or tell a joke. I got it plugged in, and began reading the instructions. That’s when things got cloudy.

The first thing the instructions say is “Download the Amazon App”. Unfortunately, downloading the app required a password, and any sentence that begins with “Enter Password”, “Go to Settings”, or “Do you have Wifi” is immediately and automatically filed in a huge black hole somewhere deep in the corners of my baby-boomer brain.

While I’m futilely fumbling with my phone, pursuing the elusive app, Alexa repeatedly reminds me, “App has not been downloaded. Follow the directions in the Amazon App.”

“I KNOW!”  I shouted. Immediate guilt might have swept over me at this point until I realized, Alexa is not human. She’s a robot out of the Jetsons. She’s supposed to be my assistant. My helper. My happiness is her goal. And she is utterly failing. This just gave me a further sense of entitlement. If Alexa knows how to buy music, forecast the local weather, and update the score of the Rangers game, then by golly, she should good and well know my password.

Aren’t you glad communicating with God is much simpler? We can ask Him ANYTHING in Jesus’ name, and He answers! And

He doesn’t even want a password!

All He wants is your heart.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24

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