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January 12, 2021 - The Comforter

At times when our trials and temptations won’t go away, the Comforter comes just to sit with us and refill our milk glass when it goes empty. Then, when the time is right, He will wake us up from our much-needed nap and encourage us to keep fighting the good fight.

David Butler, "Spirit: The Gift That Connects You To Heaven", Deseret Book 2020

This quote is interesting, because when I think of the Comforter, even the Holy Ghost, I picture Him so busy that He is always moving from place to place, from person to person, with no time to dally, as they say. I haven't stopped to ponder on the fact that He actually abides with us, quietly, and just sits, especially while we "nap" or rest from battling our challenges.

Like He must have better things to do than wait on me, I think. But then I reflect on the love our Heavenly Father has for each and every one of us. He will not ever leave us alone, no matter who we are, no matter where we are in life, no matter if we accept Him or not, no matter what we struggle with. We are never alone. I can't begin to understand our Father's love for His children. I love my children, for certain, but the love He has for us as our Father is not understood with our finite minds. It is so immense, so awesome, to use our popular vernacular.

First off, I don't know how the Holy Ghost can abide with you, and with me, and so many others at the same time. I don't understand the physics of that but because He is a personage of spirit, He can, and He does.

Secondly, my faith tells me I don't need to understand everything right now, in this life, to know that He does abide with me, expressing our Father's love and testifying of Jesus Christ, our Brother.

So, as I sit and reflect on what Christ did for me, I feel motivated, I feel at peace, I feel like I can keep going, because that's the Holy Ghost sitting with me, talking with me, encouraging me to. He is a literal person in spirit that I can't see, right next to me. He wants me to keep going. He is urging me to do what Heavenly Father wants me to do no matter how difficult.

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