Friday, July 12, 2013

The Best Present Ever



I don't care what your 'love language' is, I just know that I've never met someone who didn't LOVE presents.  Especially the expensive little trinkets that come in delicately wrapped, small encased gold packages.  Or those great big huge ones that hide an unfathomable mystery deep inside their wrap.  These are the ones that scream 'ME FIRST!!  ME FIRST!'  And I'm a sucker for a really pretty gift bag tied with exquisite ribbons and lace, all colors of tissue paper surrounding a hidden treasure.

But for sure, the most valuable gift to give is to simply be present with another.  In their pain and sorrow, their wordlessness and desperation.  No speeches or declarations.  No advice, no pat answers, no Bible verses lobbed across the sacred space between two souls. 

And for mercy's sake, none of your own stories, please.

Just still and quiet and completely focused on the aching of the broken heart of another.  Offering the gift of a safe place, a harbour in a time of storm.

Present.


Five Minute Friday

18 comments:

  1. So very true. Being present - no phone, no computer, nothing but really good fellowship during the good and the not so good.

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    1. You're so right, Rebecca. The ever present screens, electronics, technology only put barriers up in this most sacred of spaces ...

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  2. Being present, being there - that's all that is indeed needed sometimes. And there are times, when nothing else will do.

    Good post!

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  3. This little one is fully present in her present :) How very true that the most important thing we can offer a broken heart is to be quietly present. I visited you back from Five Minute Friday :)
    May He bless you "presently",
    Joanne

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    1. 'Fully present in her present' - that's for sure!

      ;-}

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  4. Amen, much truth written here.

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    1. I'm glad you were here today, Denise ...

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  5. Linda, this was perfect.
    (BTW I learned this week that the sweet girl who may become my first daughter-in-law has the love language of quality time. Your post is a lovely reminder of how to best bless her.)

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    1. Oh ... congrats, Elizabeth! Those 'in-laws' so quickly become our own dear children! Sweet!

      ;-}

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  6. Dear Linda
    Yes, I agree. No words, or advice, or your own traumas, etc., etc., etc.! Just your arms to hug, your ears to listen and hear and your eyes to cry.
    Luv XX
    Mia

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    1. Yes, dear Mia ... it's their pain, their sorrow. It's not about us ... but yet we often make it so ...

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    1. Hugs to you this evening, my friend ...

      ;-}

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  8. Oh such truth Linda! This is a great reminder of how to be present! Bless you for your words today.
    Thank you for visiting my place!
    Much love,
    Beth

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  9. Such truth here. I want to be fully present, just to be, and not do, or speak, or give advice. To carry His presence into my being present. Love the photo!

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    1. Maybe giving ourselves permission not to perform, but simply to be, could be a lifesaver for us all! Thanks for dropping by in the wee hours, Barbie ... hope you slept well!

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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