True presence

It's Christmastime. The phone rings. "Sorry, Mom and Dad, we can't get away to be with you this year. But presents are on their way." Turning from the phone, Mom and Dad exchange quiet glances. They'd hoped for presence, not presents.

But the joy of being with loved ones only hints at higher joys. So, Mom and Dad need not succumb to sadness and self-pity. Instead, they can triumphantly lift up their thoughts to God and be truly grateful for this profound truth: "In thy presence is fulness of joy."Ps. 16:11.

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