Friday, February 14, 2020

Give the Gift of Presence

Today is Valentine's Day and is a wonderful day to stop and remember the best gift we will ever give the ones we love - our presence. When we give our time to them, we are giving ourselves to them, and like Gary Chapman said, we are giving them the powerful message which says; "You are important. I like being with you." What gift could possibly be better? How might you "give yourself" to the ones you love? Consider the following possibilities . . . 
  • Of course, the first thing you do is to pray for (and when possible, with) the ones you love. This is something you are able to do each day, whether they live near or far.
  • Get together to meet, share a meal, visit, go on a walk, attend a school event together, go to church together, have the grandchildren over for a sleepover, just do something together. The physical contact and presence is a powerful way to connect and communicate the message; "You are important. I like being with you."
  • Connect on-line - there are so many ways you are able to connect through tech - play a game like Scrabble together where each day you add a new word or two, or make a puzzle on-line together, or share silly videos through an app like TikTok - be sure to set the security settings so just you and family and maybe a few friends are able to see it. Use facetime or hangouts to connect and talk, or even just text or email - you don't have to make these contacts long - even a few minutes or a short note says you are thinking about them and love them.
  • Snail mail a note and small surprise to brighten their day.
  • Make a phone call and chat, share a prayer request, pray for them or tell how God has answered a prayer. Talk about their day at school and let them tell you the best and most challenging thing from their day - just connect!
These are just a few of many ways to connect and give the gift of your presence, pick one and try it today -  doing so will make a difference.

So, today, and every day possible, give yourself to the ones you love. Of course this is easier to do when you live near, but even if you live far some of these ideas are ways to give yourself and your presence to the ones you love, too.

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