being present

A key posture and practice in our lives is simply to be present, period, end of point. Simply being present is underrated. Instead it’s about us giving our spiel, or doing something else which we either see as more important or more productive. Of course there are many things we do in the course of a day, the least of which can surely be something we ourselves enjoy.

God is present with us in Jesus by the Spirit always. And our caling in large part is to be present before others, and with the tasks God has given us. Completely present. That can be challenging since there are distractions left, right and often center nowadays on people’s cell phones. Not to say people can’t use their phones and still really be present with each other. But that can be a challenge. For me, I like to be in the word bit by bit in the course of a day. I simply pick up where I left off. In the course of that, I find that I can be present with others. And at the same time I’m trying to be present with God through the word.

Presence in God’s love is what life is all about as to where we live. And our goal should be to live in that same love in our lives with each other, with all the give and take, forgiving and being forgiven, not giving up on someone or some relationship. But not by having all the answers, or any answer at all. But simply being present with the Lord and that person. As God is present with us in and through Jesus.

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