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I heard a story about some missionaries in Africa
who were translating the Bible into the Karre language.
They had a hard time translating the word that Jesus used
for the Holy Spirit, which is the word paraclete. One day the
translators came across a group of porters going off into the
bush carrying bundles on their heads. They noticed that in
the line of porters there was always one person who didn’t
carry anything. They assumed he was there to make sure
everyone did their work. But then they found out he wasn’t
the boss; he had a special job. He was there in case
anyone fell over with exhaustion; he would come and pick
up the man’s load and carry it for him. There was a word
they used to designate this porter which meant “the one
who falls down beside us.” That became the word they used
That’s what the Holy Spirit is for us. Right at the
moment we fall; right at the moment we need him the
most; right at the moment don’t know what to say; he’ll
come beside us and fill us and empower us.