not all who wander are lost

not all who wander are lost

Friday, November 04, 2011

the power of Presence

"...they also serve who only stand and wait"

-John Milton

This is one of my Grandfather's favorite lines, and has been very helpful to him over the years serving as a chaplain in the hospital as well as a pastor. It has been his advice to me in my work with families separated by war over the years, and again now as I participate in various therapeutic environments as a Masters of Social Work intern.

Our very Presence is a gift we bring in service to those around us. When we feel at a loss for words, when we aren't sure how to respond, what to say...often just holding the moment together, being present to what is being shared is enough.

~they also serve who only stand and wait~

Love and light in your direction and thank you for being Present to the little ones and the old ones and the strange and ordinary ones in your day today~


Anonymous said...

Baring Witness is therapeutic. Mom

Anonymous said...

Amen to this quote, and your grandfather, and your bearing witness.