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Never Alone

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“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”  (John 14:16-17 KJV)

 

Sometimes, I get a little frustrated at my doctors’ appointments. When I’m in a lot of pain, I have trouble expressing how I feel in a concise manner. I leave without having all of my concerns addressed or without asking questions I wanted to ask about a new treatment or medicine.

I’m so thankful when my husband, Norman, is able to take time off work and go with me. It’s nice to leave my cane in the car, because I can lean on him for support. He carries my book, gets the elevator, and opens doors for me. Little things, but it is really nice not to have to maneuver everything all alone.

In the examination room he sits quietly in the corner, usually paging through his magazine. We don’t talk much, but his presence soothes me and helps me contain my anxiety.

I remember a particular appointment when his presence helped tremendously. As the doctor started going through her check list, she talked to me about additional tests. She also suggested two treatment options I felt uncomfortable with. Norman never interrupted the conversation, but his steady gaze and presence helped me find the courage to say no and to ask for what I felt that I needed most.

The Holy Spirit does this and so much more for us! His presence, guidance, discernment, and power are always with us. He helps us to obey God, to know God’s truth, and to live in a manner that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. It is His presence within us that allows others to witness God’s glory at work in our lives.

I like the names listed for the Holy Spirit in the Amplified Bible’s version for this verse (John 14:16-17 AMP): “Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby.” When I meditate on these names and attributes of the Holy Spirit, I come away knowing how much the Lord loves me and seeks to help me every day.

God promises to be with us (Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 28:20). No matter what you are facing today, please remember that your help is found in the Lord.

Prayer:  Father, whenever we face a challenge, help us to remember the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit that’s available to help us.

Would You Pause to Extend a Helping Hand?

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Luke 6:31, 36 (NKJV) – “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

 

It was a hectic Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day. People raced in and out of the stores. Horns blared as impatient drivers circled looking for an open parking spot. Although my husband and I had not completed our errands, we decided to leave the crowded shopping center early.

While we waited for our turn to leave the parking lot, we noticed a woman standing near the stop sign. She wore extremely thick glasses and kept shading her eyes. We wondered what was wrong with her because each time a car stopped at the stop sign, she stepped off the sidewalk. As soon as the car drove away, she stepped back onto the sidewalk and looked across the street.

“What’s she doing?” I asked my husband.  We continued watching her as we inched closer. We were four cars back when we noticed the cane. “She’s blind!” I gasped.

“Oh my,” Norman said.

When we finally stopped at the exit, she stepped off the sidewalk.

“Do you need help?” I called out to her.

“I’m waiting for a taxi. I called the company, and they said it is already here.” She held up her cell phone.

“I just saw him back there.” Norman said.

“What color is the car?” She turned from side to side, shading her eyes with the hand that held her cell phone.

Norman put on the emergency flashers. “Stay right there. I’ll go get him.”

I heard the car behind us blow its horn.  “Hey! What gives you the right to block the exit?” The angry woman yelled at Norman.

“She’s waiting on a taxi. I’m just going to let him know that she’s up here.”

“What does that have to do with you?” The woman continued to yell.

“She’s blind.” Norman answered softly.

The angry driver’s mouth gaped open in surprise. She didn’t have a response. She slowed down as she drove around our car, taking a long look at the blind woman standing on the sidewalk, holding onto the cane.

When the taxi pulled up behind our car, Norman and the driver helped the blind woman into the back seat. “Thank you so much for your kindness, sir,” she said.

We said a quick prayer for her as we drove away. The whole episode left me feeling sad and questioning this generation’s humanity as a whole.  I wondered how many other people drove right past the blind woman without giving her a second thought, too preoccupied with their cares to notice her odd behavior. How many times had I, in my rush to get things done, passed someone in need without realizing they could use my help? How would I feel if I had to trade places with the blind woman? Wouldn’t I pray that someone was kind enough to stop and offer me assistance?

Jesus was never too busy to stop for those in need. If we are to be imitators of His, we have to make it a point to look out for our fellow man. We must strive to treat others like we want to be treated (Luke 6:31), even if we often fall short. Whenever we have the opportunity to do good (Galatians 6:9-10), we must grasp it without hoping for anything in return (Luke 6:35). The small acts of love and kindness,that we extend to others, will eventually add up to a marvelous display of Christ’s love in us (John 13:34-35).