a friday quote: the present of presence

“Presence is the strongest form of leadership. Even today, when a nation is at war or some other crisis, its citizens feel assured when they see their leader on television. When leaders are absent, the population becomes anxious. Business leaders know that they need to get out of the office occasionally and be among their employees. They refer to it as ‘management by walking around.’ I would call it the blessing of presence.

In the same way, the presence of God brings peace in the midst of a crisis. We’re blessed when we sense his presence, regardless of the circumstances. What else could account for songs of praise in a refugee camp?”

–The Ultimate Blessing, by Jo Anne Lyon

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