The Present of His Presence

The greatest gift a parent can give a child is the present of presence. That is what kids crave.

I will never forget my dad driving an hour both ways to see me play flag football every week when I was in 5th grade.  I lived with my mom during that time so he would have to make the trip after an early morning and a long day working in a trailer factory.  And yet he would not miss it.  The fact is…I rarely got off the bench, but it meant the world that my dad would be present.  I now know what a sacrifice that was; it still means a lot.

The following Buddhist poem, in the form of a “waka,” was written in the 12th century by Saigyo Hoshi after he visited a Shinto Grand Temple:

Gods here?
Who can know?
Not I.
Yet I sigh
and tears flow
tear on tear.

It’s evident isn’t it…the author’s honest longing for true knowledge of God. He yearns to experience God and God’s presence but he can’t know for sure.

According to the New Testament, our heavenly Father has revealed himself in the presence and person of Jesus Christ. In Christ, we can know that God is with us.  The greatest gift ever is the present of HIS presence.


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