Present {FMF}

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That’s all we can be at the moment.

Just here.

We can’t change dressings or IVs or administer pain medications.

But we can be here.

first steps

Moving trays closer, handing over a laptop or getting more ice water or hot water, mixing a good cup of tea.

In the next day or two we will be able to transport him to the hospital in our city.

But for now, we wait. We are present. Hanging out here, letting him know that we are here for him.


It means we aren’t present for our other children, and that is hard.

We’ve missed some things and we won’t be able to recover them but we can be all here.

It’s all we have to give and it would appear that it is enough.

And God, He has been present with us. Emmanuel. God WITH us. Present.

Present in the hospitality and prayer and kindness we have received from so many.

He has been present to us, through His body, here and at home.

We are present. He is present.

He is the present, the gift we receive.

He is present in the small things, gingersnaps and a cup of good tea.


Present in the big things, clotted blood vessels and the blood still coursing through his veins because of those clots.

Present in the smiles, hugs and prayers of friends and family.

Present in the skill and hands of the hospital staff who clean, feed, change dressings, teach and find out information.

We are receivers of his present presence.

** I haven’t participated in one of these for a while but when I saw the prompt my wheels started turning. so here I am linking up with FMF (Five Minute Friday) 

click to go to Kate’s site!






***if you are visiting for the first time today this post might not make sense without some context…you’ll want to go over HERE and read the story that led up to this…


About Lani

With six kids, a farm, a ministry and dreams poking out in every direction I need plenty of grace to keep all the balls in the air. The sweet thing is that when I drop them, that crazy grace of God is there telling me I'm still okay...and you are, too...welcome to this place of grace.


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7 Responses to Present {FMF}

  1. Tondra Denise January 23, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Sometimes being present is all you need to do because it is all you can do. But we are reminded that… “There is fountain filled with Blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins”. And in THAT Blood there is all power! So we are sending our thoughts and prayers your way… while pleading HIS son’s Blood over your son’s blood.
    Tondra Denise recently posted…The Difference Between Being Here and Being PresentMy Profile

  2. Lani January 23, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Yes Lord Jesus!

  3. Lynette January 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Visiting from FMF for the very first time, so I don’t know your story, but please know I will be praying for your son.

    ~#9 on linkup this wk at FMF

  4. Lynette January 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    Oops…I’m not. flowerlady77 on Twitter. I thought that was one of those ‘type this phrase’ security thingies. My bad. 🙂
    Lynette recently posted…(FMF Friday) PresentMy Profile

  5. Lani January 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    no worries Lynette. I’m not sure why it has that thing on there or my very old twitter handle! Thanks for stopping by!
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  6. Carly January 24, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Visiting from FMF. Praying for your son, and for you and the rest of the family that you continue to know God’s presence with you.

  7. Tammy January 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    I’m right behind you at #81 this week. I am sorry for this experience, but thankful you can be there and support your son. Sometimes God’s presence reminds us that we aren’t supposed to be Him. Just be “like” Him, and let Him be all.
    🙂 Beautiful post and moving!
    Welcome back to FMF.
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