“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever…” – John 14:16, NIV
Connie was born deaf in a time when few resources existed for those with disabilities. But Connie’s older sister, Sandra, didn’t let that hold her back. She learned sign language so the two of them could always communicate.
Sandra let Connie follow her everywhere. They went to the same school and eventually to the same college. They lived together in the dorms and had the same circle of friends.
When Connie had a medical emergency, she had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. A nurse was unkind to Connie, and her behavior was abusive. Fortunately, Sandra arrived at the right moment. She quickly called for help and defended her sister.
Throughout her life, Sandra was Connie’s defender. She learned her sister’s language and spoke on her behalf, making sure her voice was always heard.
Just as Connie had an advocate, you do, too. You may not always know what to say or how to say it, but the Holy Spirit that lives in you is your Advocate and Comforter. He defends and protects you as you go through your day.
Lord, thank You for Your gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to remember that I’m never alone because my Advocate is with me always. In Jesus’ name, Amen.