This is truth:  Nothing is the same without you.

One of the greatest gifts we give each other is presence.

There’s a felt emptiness when someone is missing from the table  of our lives.  Our four prove it.  Without saying a word, the atmosphere and dynamics of the situation change when one of them enters a room.  When all four come together . . . I mean . . . the energy is palpable.

Joy. Joy. Joy. Joy.  

(Shelly Mackerell Photography)

BUT.    Showing up is not always easy.  The pressure to take care of the urgent details of life is real,  often interfering with our commitment to one another.

Years ago, some of the best advice I received from my seminary professors was simply this:

Show up whether or not you know what to say or do.  Your presence speaks and matters.  Be present.

It’s called the  ministry of presence.

Along the way, I learned it was the best thing I could do as a pastor and for that matter as a human being:  BE PRESENT.

Your presence matters, whether you think so or not–Kerrie

(Shelly Mackerell Photography)


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 Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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