One of my favorite traits of the New Testament is the call to attend to one another; love one another, encourage one another, etc.
Embedded in this concept is what our culture has come to know as presence. When we reference one who is present, we are indicating they seem to be "with us".
Presence is a very valuable and important characteristic. We need it. It encourages....one another.
What is meant by being present? Have you ever visited with someone who, while carrying on a conversation with you, is reading a paper or looking about the surroundings? That person is there but is not present. Their mind is elsewhere.
To be present is to focus upon whoever happens to be addressing you at the moment with great attentiveness to what they are saying. This is so important because presence is so encouraging. It communicates without a word spoken that the one talking is quite valuable.
The conversation isn't about us. It is about them. If it turns to us, we want to respond but turn it back to them soon. In this move we are present. We are in sync with the one in our midst and our minds are not out at the lake fishing.
Do well today. Bless someone by being present when they speak.