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The Gift of Presence

Life is full of distractions, especially in this busy season of giving.

When we take the time to set intentions and be truly present, we gain clarity and direction to keep us focused on the people and passions that matter most to us.

Being present allows us to make healthier choices for our financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. In this state of mind, we can notice, listen, and attend to life within and outside ourselves with integrity.

Throughout the month of December, you are invited to use a Presence Jar. To begin find a clear container — preferably a jar like the one featured in our Gratitude Jar activity, but any will do — and print the daily activities below to guide your journey.

Cut out the activities from The Presence Jar PDF 68KB — feel free to add your own ideas — and place them in the jar. Each day, draw an intention to focus on. You may choose to practice a new intention each day, or live into one for several days in a row. Complement your daily practice with weekly devotions to gain peace, connect with those around you, and experience the light of Christ this Advent.

Weekly Advent Devotions

“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.”
(Isaiah 2:5, NRSV)

I invite you to walk with me through these weeks as we anticipate the coming of Christ Jesus. With these devotions, it is my hope that you will prayerfully pause, reflect, and make an intention to be present. May you walk in light, open your heart, and patiently wait for Christ’s coming. I pray that you experience peace within and radiate that peace around and through you.
– Deacon Tammy Devine

This information should not be considered or used as a substitute for professional health care advice. By providing this information, Portico Benefit Services is not providing any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Each individual is responsible for his or her own health and medical treatment decisions. You should talk with your doctor to determine the lifestyle changes and health care treatment options appropriate for you.

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