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Presence vs. Attendance

Presence is being at a certain place on a certain time
Attendance is putting more effort and gaining more benefit out of that presence

This is a funny thing that I learned this morning. You can wake up in the morning and being around your family without knowing their existence because you are too busy preparing to go to work. Or you can go to church and stay there for an hour or two, participating in the Sunday Service but without greeting anybody or receiving warm handshakes from fellow worshippers. You can be “present” at a certain place or on a certain time, but you are simply ignored and eventually be forgotten. Meanwhile attendance requires active participation, putting more effort and gaining more benefit to have a warmer relationship with one another.

Pelajaran indah ini saya dapatkan pagi ini ketika mengunjungi gereja. Aneh ya, kita pergi ke gereja setiap minggu namun belum tentu kita merasakan kehadiran Tuhan, dan belum tentu pula kita mempunyai hubungan pribadi dengan Dia hari lepas hari. Tuhan hanya kita coba rasakan di hari Minggu saja dan begitu selesai ibadah maka selesai sudah perjumpaan kita.

Saya rindu merenungkan lagi ayat ini:

Aku mengasihi TUHAN, sebab Ia mendengarkan suaraku dan permohonanku.
Sebab Ia menyendengkan telinga-Nya kepadaku, maka seumur hidupku aku akan berseru kepada-Nya.
(Mazmur 116: 1-2)

Selamat Hari Minggu, teman-teman!
Happy Sunday, friends!

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