We walked in to the funeral home last Friday evening, trying to quietly usher the children to the front row reserved for us. But then, just seconds after we walked in the door, I saw them standing there. Friends from home had come. They were there with us and for us. Present in our time of need. It brought a sigh of relief and a huge weight lifted.
Someone we knew from hours away had come to be present for us. It was a gift I didn’t even know I needed. I didn’t know I wanted or needed it, until it came. Had they asked, Should we come? I would have said it wasn’t necessary. But it brought joy and comfort to a weary family.
The next day, three more dear friends came for the funeral. What a blessing for them to come, to be present. They didn’t have to say anything. They just came to be there for us, not just in words, but in deed. Their presence was so comforting.
Your presence lets someone know you care. They may say you don’t need to come, but sometimes it is a nice surprise. The power of being present is often untapped because we are too busy to stop and just be. Presence connects us and is a beautiful blessing.
How can you be present for someone this week?
** This is a Five Minute Friday post where we write for 5 minutes and link up with Lisa-Jo using a weekly writing prompt. This week’s prompt: Present.**