Today's daily devotion

The Power of Presence

Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord.—COLOSSIANS 3:23 (NKJV)

I finished up a long work shift, exhausted, but I still wanted to visit my dad at his care facility. On the way there, I stopped at a gas station to grab some of Dad’s favorite treats: sunflower seeds, Jolly Ranchers, ginger ale.

“Here, I brought you something,” I said, holding out the bag to him. As my dad took out each item, he held it high, saying “Oh, I love these,” and “Can you help me open this?” He offered to share, but I wanted him to save them.

I’d already been gone from home for over 12 hours, so I knew I couldn’t stay long. “I better get going,” I told him after an hour.

“Oh, but let me just show you this one cool video I found,” was my dad’s answer. One video became two became four, but I couldn’t make myself pull away. He was clearly enjoying our time together.

Finally I looked at the clock—8:30 p.m.—and gently touched Dad’s hand. “I really do have to go. I’ll come back tomorrow.” I hugged him, sorry to leave. It was hard, but I knew I’d be back the next day and that was what mattered.

Lord, help me remember that I am enough. May I hold fast to the gift of presence.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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