Being Present

Last weekend was our annual Advance for our church. I had not been for a few years, this year I decided I needed to be there and hear the word.

Now an Advance is not a “church service.” It is a coming together of our church family and a presenter, who shares stories, experience, wisdom and humor, all in a comfortable space with our church family and friends. I loved it. The “message” was great, presented by Scott Seeke, in a very relaxed atmosphere.

That is the background. Having been in corporate America for over 40 years, there was continuing education, seminars and classes you had to do every year to enhance your skills. Normally I could take a way a few things that would make me a better employee, a better boss. Also, during the seminar, I would find my mind drifting to the things I wasn’t doing, because I was at the darn seminar. I wasn’t always present.

On Saturday I was present for the entire day, I wanted to hear what the next topic was, what the next part of the message was going to be. Looking around the room everyone was equally engaged.

I didn’t see texting, emailing or phone calling going on. Everyone was present.

It was refreshing, the message was wonderful, being with family felt great.

I know that this might seem simplistic to you. But it felt good to be present, to hear the word, hear the meaning behind it, have a meal with my church family and catch up with a few folks I had not chatted with in a while. Just be present.

Heavenly Father, thank you for my church family, thank you for the time we took to Advance and the message we heard. Thank you for “disconnecting”us from electronics, technology and all the outside noise, for just a little while. Being present is a gift we are losing track of when we “connect” with technology, not with people.

Maureen Herzog

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