Choose Presence

 

Throughout the gospels we read of Jesus being so present in the moment, he constantly “sees” people (Matt 8:14, 9:22, 9:36; Luke 5:20, 7:13), has compassion, then acts. This is the “Jesus equation” of meeting the world’s needs. When we see people, we have feelings about what’s happening in their lives, and we’ve moved to act. Jesus believed in this so much that he uses this same explanation in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33). To be present is to see, and to see leads us to having a compassion so great we must act on it. We desire to be a fully present people with ourselves so we can be present with others.

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