The Ministry of Presence

We have all been faced with situations where a relative or good friend was going through a crisis in their life. Maybe it was the loss of a loved one or they were facing a terminal illness.  Without a doubt this makes us uncomfortable. You want to help them but what do you say? What do you do?

In Galatians 6:2 we find one of the most important ways that believers can serve one another. We are told that we must “bear one another’s burdens,” and that by doing so we will fulfill the law of Christ. This verse means we come along side ans help in anyway we can to lift their. This ministry of presence means that we will serve people even when it might make us uncomfortable. We will stand with people in the midst of anxiety and fear.You do not have to be brilliant, persuasive, articulate, or experienced. Through the ministry of presence, you can bring comfort to the hurting—without ever being ordained or certified. You do not have to be anything but available to be a wonderful tool in the hand of God.

Today, I saw a real-life example of this ministry on Facebook. A good friend of my wife and I has two-year-old twin girls. With her permission she has allowed me to use her post. “Bekah is having a rough day and wants to be held, you know the fragile emotions of a 2 year old girl! I needed to leave the room, so I asked Hannah is she would take care of Bekah for a few minutes…….this is how I found them!!” 

twins

“…unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

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