The Gift of Presence

(in)courage | 2/14/2018 | Andrea Lowe
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“Can you come over? I just need you here.” Words often spoken through tears, through pain, pleaded with desperation. Their meaning is crystal clear: I cannot be alone right now.

Life is full of moments, both good and hard. Many are beautiful and rich in laughter and celebration, but there are also moments that steal words and silence our voices – a terminal illness, tragedy, loss. Where nothing spoken or done can fix or undue or possibly make things okay, there is presence. And, those are the times when mere presence is enough.

While it cannot be held, it is deeply felt.

Presence is a gift that cannot be opened now or later, it must simply be received and enjoyed in the time and space in which it is offered.

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By just being, presence offers comfort to the tender and hurting places. But presence is more than a gift of quiet comfort. It also provides a window into knowing others more deeply through the non-verbal language of body movements, gestures, cues – the things unsaid that can only be understood in the midst of presence.

We were wired for community, for fellowship, for intentionally lifting one another up in love and care. This is by design. Divine design. Our heavenly Father sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to pay the price for sin. Upon the Son’s ascension back...
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