Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Ministry of Presence

Just the sound of it comforts my soul, The Ministry of Presence. It's a term I heard during a radio program, wherein a young woman was speaking about the power of abiding:  Him with us.  Us with Him. Us with others.  Others with us.  

The young lady had been through a horrific ordeal, and that which comforted her the most was the ministry employed by loving friends who came to sit; to be present.  No preaching.  No sage advice.  No awkward attempts to make sense of it.  

You won't find an advanced degree or certification program for achieving such a Ministry.  It's something acquired, like taste.  And, like so many other acquired tastes, it is often not very savory or sassy at first gulp (think avocados or sauerkraut).  Moreover, it affords no stage, no applause, no money, no recognition what-so-ever. 

On the upside, it doesn't cost a dime.  Yet somehow, in God's counter-intuitive economy, it is valuable beyond calculation.

God is our refuge and strength, 
an ever present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

The Ministry of Presence ~ the full implication of Immanuel's love.

... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.  Against such
things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22

And this is His command:  to believe in the 
name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love
one another as He commanded us.
The one who keeps God's commands 
lives in Him, and He is them.  And this is
how we know that He lives in us:  We
know it by the Spirit He gave us.
1 John 3:23-24


rebecca said...

The ministry of presence - So essential;so quiet;so rare;so counter-intuitive in this "do something" age....

RCUBEs said...

It's the picture that caught my eyes first because it reminded me of those nights I had worked at the hospital and many lonely older patients who were rarely visited by their loved ones often found comfort in any nurse's presence. Just taking time to listen to them...It made them smile. I love your post...No degree needed...And the verses you shared made it even more true! That in any heart where God's Spirit resides, and is willing to serve just like how Jesus did, always make a difference...in someone else's life. People are hurting...And a lot want to be loved and accepted. How awesome that there are selfless people like that in that special ministry. Because it doesn't take a lot. Because it is His gift...Blessings to you sister.

manthano said...

This is an area I had not thought about.
It opens up new doors to help.

God bless you and keep it up.

Denise said...

Bless you for such a comforting post.

A Joyful Chaos said...

I think I was more involved in ministry than I realized. Thanks for sharing, it was really encouraging to me this morning.


Sharon said...

How beautiful. I found this very encouraging. And, it was a good reminder of how our Lord ministered when He walked this earth. Most often, it was on an individual basis, in a quiet and comforting way. As always, we do much good when we concentrate on "What would Jesus do?"


Sonja Goodson said...

A close friend, a minister's wife, came and stood with us in the hospital when my mom was on her way to heaven after a stroke. She didn't say a word, just put her head on my shoulder, her arm around me, and stood with me. It was the greatest comfort and such a gift. I've never forgotten it.