I'm reminded of what Jesus promised when He said that He'd not leave His friends alone. When He got ready to return to heaven, He promised that He'd send the Comforter, the Paraclete (John 14: 16-18). "Para" means "alongside" and "kaleo" means "to call." Yes, aren't you glad we have the Paraclete who fully understands us? who sees we are carrying a burden too heavy for us? who realizes we cannot make it on our own? who comes alongside and takes hold of the heavy burden and pain and helps us to lift it? What a beautiful divine Helper!

"I will send you One whom you can call upon who will come alongside and help you with your infirmities" (see John 14: 16-18).

"The Holy Spirit helps in our infirmities" (Romans 8:26).