By Eric Mattson
Presence is vital to both our relationship with God and with people. Presence requires an inner knowledge of what’s going on within us as well as an awareness and alertness to who and what is around us. My images received and attention invested during creation become a ministry of presence given. Engagement is required of me. How can you love someone without giving them your presence? We convince people we care about them by our presence. As part of your Christian witness, find out what the people love and then develop an authentic interest in those things. It can’t be manipulative or fake. Work with the passions God stirs up within you as you stake out sharable interests. Let where you invest your love be one with where you invest your life. Much of my photography is about sharing my life with the community as a core ministry principle. How will you practice your ministry of presence?