‘Don’t just do something, stand there’

When I think about being a caring presence in the life of someone who is sick, suffering or sad, I remind myself that presence is more a state of being than doing. Being a caring presence is about showing up. What you do there is much less important than just being there. On a couple of occasions, I got to hear the late Rabbi Edwin Friedman give presentations to clergy where he summed caring with this saying: “Don’t just do something, stand there.” More.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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