Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"The greatest thing you can do for somebody is presence. Simply being present with them. Especially if you can be present  physically. And I think a lot of people, their default response when someone is in pain is to just start talking.  But the larger issue is whether your willing to just sit with the person ... being willing to just sit as long as it takes.  And that's the greatest gift.  And grace. ... If you have somebody around you in great pain, you have to surrender your own agenda for them ... and enter in with pure unconditional, nonjudgemental love. ... We coast on the energy of others. Sometimes we need someone to help carry us because we're not all strong all of the time."
~Rob Bell

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Speak gently. carefully. thoughtfully. graciously. humbly.

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