The Helper

September 9, 2021
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John 14:15-17 – If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that he may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (NKJV)

Our youngest son, Nick, invited his parents on an annual family hike. His family likes to hike to waterfalls, and they have found new waterfalls to explore for the past several years. The hike has to be in the easy-to-moderate category to be enjoyable for their four children, ranging in age from three to nine.

Our hike took us along a beautiful wooded trail in the mountains, and followed a creek for a while. All of a sudden, the trail seemed to dwindle to nothing. All that was visible was a log across the creek, about a metre above the tumbling water. We have to cross on that? I thought with alarm. It seemed impossible to me.

At first, I thought that I could straddle the log and inch my way across. That didn't work. All I got for my efforts was a poke in the thigh and a bruise from one of the broken-off branches sticking out of the dead tree.

I thought of an old painting, which my pastor had in his living room, of an angel leading two children over a rickety bridge, with a waterfall in the background. That day's experience was a little like that. Nick edged out on the log and held out his hand. I took it, and holding lightly to his fingers, balanced my way across the log — so easy, with that little bit of help!

In the same way, the Holy Spirit is a helper to us who believe in Jesus. Sometimes, He is called the Paraclete, from the Greek word parakletospara: close beside, and kletos: called to one's aid.

When Jesus went back to heaven, He promised to send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, so that anyone who believed could continue to have Jesus' presence. Nick didn't just help me over the log, he helped his children and the rest of us who needed help. Likewise, the indwelling Holy Spirit multiplies the presence of Jesus, who was once physically present with the disciples and others while here on earth.

Hebrews 13:5b-6a – For [God] Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear." (NKJV)

As Nick was able to help me just by being so close, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, never fails us nor abandons us. We have Him with us at all times.

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (NKJV)

As I was wondering how to get across that log, all I had to do was to ask for help. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is ready and able to help us when we need Him. All it takes is for us to ask Him.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord, that You are an ever-present help in times of trouble; indeed, You are close by at all times. Thank You, Holy Spirit, that You are just waiting for us to ask You to help us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Alice Burnett <terrencera.burnett@gmail.com>
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Amen Alice!


    Thanks, Alice, for sharing.


    Thank you. This is helpful and encouraging devotion.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Thank you, Alice, for a great reminder. Blessings to you and your family!


    Thank you, Alice, for a wonderful devotion.
    Yes, the H-S is always there to help me.
    (Quebec)


    Alice thank you for this devotional and the reminder that the Holy Spirit is always there waiting for us to reach out. God Bless you.


    A beautiful and refreshing inspiration from you today, Alice. You state so clearly how the Holy Spirit works in the believer’s heart. What a wonderful reminder.


    Dear Alice,
    Yep, I, like many, are glad to be reminded today that we do not have to do life on our own.
    Thanks.


    Greetings Alice,
    Many thanks for your very thoughtful and most meaningful devotional writing. Blessings as you continue to write and submit to the morning devotionals.


    Good Morning
    Thank you for this wonder devotional. It is very encouraging and the devotional’s help me through the day.
    May God wrap His loving arms around you and your loved ones and keep you safe.
    Blessing.


    Dear Alice:
    God’s blessings upon you for reminding us that when we have His Holy Spirit, we have all the help and power we will ever need!
    “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
    I look forward to seeing more devotionals from you.
    Blessings!


    Thank you ever so much Alice. What a very timely message to receive and be made really aware of. I am in the fairly early stages of dementia and by now it is pretty noticeable to others as I repeat myself +++ and forget +++ so embarrassing and difficult to live with!!! My faith in God is strong and I try to remember to call upon Him, but spend more time feeling down and sorry for myself.
    Thank you for sharing this message!!!
    (N. S.)


    Dear Alice,
    Thank you for you Beautiful Devotion!
    I’m glad you all made it safely across the log, with the help of your Son, and The Holy Spirit!
    It is such a blessing to know we can trust In the Lord at all times.
    He knows our words before we even speak or ask Him for help!
    I’m so thankful God is that Personal with Us.
    O how I wish Everyone knew that.
    May God bless and keep you and your Loved ones Alice.


    Good morning, Alice,
    We all need the Holy Spirit in our lives, and this is a good example of how people can help us as the Holy Spirit is always willing to help us when we ask. The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers when we don’t know what to say. The Holy Spirit is a comfort just knowing he is with us when we need that comfort.
    It is wonderful that your son includes his parents on the annual hike with his family and you visit waterfalls. Waterfalls are truly amazing to watch the power of the water as it reaches the bottom. I can fully understand about the difficulty of crossing that log. It is great that you made it across so you could enjoy the rest of the hike.
    May you continue to encourage others with your inspiring devotionals and reminding us of God’s love by providing the Holy Spirit to help us. I like to learn new things and I didn’t know about Paraclete and the Greek words that it is from. Thanks for sharing. May God bless you with many more hikes with your family.

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