"I want to help, but I'm not sure what to say..."
"I want to help, but I don't know how to help..."
"I want to help, but I don't have anything to offer..."
Can you relate to any of these statements since your first learned of the Orlando mass shooting? If you answered "yes," know that you aren't alone. Most people want to help but don't know how. Or, maybe you have found yourself feeling overwhelmed and relying on spiritual platitudes. Rather than focus on what you’ll say or do – focus on being. The most important thing you can do to help after the Orlando mass shooting is to embody the ministry of presence. Practicing the ministry of presence means being available to those that are hurting and suffering. It means being there for others physical, emotionally, and spiritually. Simply put, it means being there for others when they need you most.