Spiritual Practice

Be There

Kristin O’Connor, 19

teen comforting friend Ftr TSP 114333866Good listeners sit by your side while you pour out your feelings. They may comment every so often or give advice if you ask for it, but basically they listen.

My small group leader sat with me once as I cried. She kept her focus on me, and seeing the concern on her face meant more to me than words. The best listeners do not have to offer words; they offer their presence.

To whom can you offer the gift of your presence today?

—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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