I realized that there were occasions when I needed to be able to learn to be alongside people without being able to do anything that would make them better or happier. There are times when presence is all you have to offer. ~Angela Tilby
One day a small boy was trying to lift a heavy stone, but he couldn't budge it. His father passing by stopped to watch his son's efforts. Finally he said to his son: "Are you using all your strength?" Exasperated, the boy cried, "Yes I am." "No you're not," said the father calmly, "You haven't asked me to help you." Sometimes we try and deal with problems and worries all by our self. It's not an easy thing to do and nearly always an impossible task. But with the help of someone it can become so manageable. So if there is something bothering or upsetting us this weekend it might be good to share it with someone else. Like the father in the story we might be called to be there for someone and sometimes we need to take the initiative. Our presence can be the greatest gift to someone and its impact often goes way beyond what we might ever think. We also ask for God's blessing, guidance and direction across this weekend in everything we hope to do.