Being There

The time for saying comes seldom, the time for being is always there. (George MacDonald, 19th-20th century Scottish author and minister)

In a time when most people don’t hesitate to say whatever is on their mind, MacDonald’s comment may seem inappropriate. His point, no doubt, is that there are only a few times when words are really needed. Better to assess the situation and say something appropriate if called for. But far more important is just being there for those who need encouragement.

[There is] a time to be quiet and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:7)