The Power of Presence

"There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it - and I won't take it away from her!" Luke 10:42 (TLB)

Kevin Thomas lives in Alabama. He remembers having long talks with Melissa discussing the day's activities, future plans, their goals, their future married life. Then there were the long pauses, maybe lasting as much as ten minutes when no one spoke. Yet they were connected, and somehow that was important. On long drives, walks in the park, or just sitting at the house, that same silence continues to be a part of their relationship. Sometimes just being present with one another is enough. Kevin realized that truth even more fully when they were absent from each other. Presence matters.

In today's reading, we see that Mary understood the value of presence. She didn't have to join in the conversation. She didn't have to be the center of attention. Just to be present at Jesus' feet was enough. For her presence, Jesus rewarded her: "Mary has chosen the better part, which shall not be taken away from her." (NRSV) What praise from the Master for simply being present with Him!

God still seeks our presence. In the hustle and bustle of each busy day, may we find time to sit quietly in God's presence. In those precious moments of solitude may we discover intimacy beyond words; for when we draw near to God, God will draw near to us. (See Jas. 4:8)

Prayer; O God, teach us to recognize your presence, and help us to stay connected with you throughout this day, in Jesus' name, amen.

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