It’s hard to explain to someone who doesn’t know the Lord, but there is an element in being filled with His Spirit that is so amazing. In John 14:26, Jesus called it “THE COMFORTER.” You don’t even realize you need it until you face something that seems impossible to handle. The first time I experienced it was when my grandmother when home to be with the Lord. It was the first time I had ever lost someone close to me like that, and it was like a knife had been thrust into my stomach. What made it worse is, this wasn’t supposed to happen because the surgery she went in for was supposed to go just fine, but the doctor made a mistake.

My heart had never been broken like this before, and I didn’t think the pain would ever subside. The night after she passed, the family met at her house, and my grandparents on my mom’s side were there to be with us. My grandfather, Bishop Peters, was an amazing man of God and I’ll never forget him speaking to us and then praying. He encouraged us and then in his prayer, he said, God, send “THE COMFORTER” right now to help this family. Though I was a minister and had been serving the Lord for many years, I felt a presence of God like I had never experienced before. It was “THE COMFORTER,” the Spirit of God that brings peace in the midst of the storm. I still grieved for her, but I also felt a calm that was hard to explain.

Since that time, I’ve had to say goodbye to many other family members and close friends. The pain of losing them is still very real, but without fail, “THE COMFORTER” always comes in and helps me. The hurt never completely leaves, and I still miss them, but somehow I feel strength from seemingly out of nowhere. So, to anyone that may be grieving today, I pray that “THE COMFORTER” will come to you and help you. He will show up just in time to get you through this incredible pain. Your tears may not dry because you’ll need to shed them, but I promise you, you’re going to get through this, and “THE COMFORTER” will make sure you do.

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