“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).

Loneliness is painful. None other than Jesus Christ could clear the loneliness from you. He is the one to comfort like a mother, speak like a friend and embrace like a father. Further, He stands as a support to you giving the Holy Spirit as your comforter. Apart from staying as a friend to His disciples He also promised to make the Holy Spirit, a friend to them. He said, “I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

Once, a pastor went to a youth’s place to pray for him as his parents had died. He was alone at home and was crying. He told the pastor, “Sir, I have become an orphan. Nobody came to see me. I am happy that you have come here with love over me” Saying this he leaned on the pastor’s lap and cried.

The pastor stayed with the young man for around an hour and then was about to leave. The man again caught hold of the hands of the pastor and begged to say, “Sir, please stay with me for some more time. The sorrow of solitude is squeezing my heart” After staying for another thirty minutes, the pastor wanted to take leave but the young man again began to plead the pastor to stay for at least five more minutes. On hearing these words the pastor was heartbroken.

He further consoled him and went back to his home. On reaching home he knelt down and prayed, “Jesus, I stayed with that man and comforted him. But for me, you are the comfort, Abide with me.” After praying, he wrote the hymn “Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; the darkness deepens.” Even today, this hymn stays as an ideal consoling and comforting factor.

When the time came for Jesus Christ to go to Father, the disciples with all sadness might have put questions like “If you go away who will be with us as support? When the Pharisees and the Sadducees rise against us, who will console and comfort us? Who will perform miracles to the people and wipe the tears from their eyes?”

Jesus Christ said, “And I will pray the father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). Dear children of God, the Holy Spirit who is the helper and who is with you always will dwell with you.

To meditate: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (I Corinthians 6:19).