I am so encouraged, beseeched, and exhorted by Tim Keller’s sermon from yesterday, March 24th, 2013. He preached about the need to “encourage” each other in christian community. Paraclao (I think) is too strong a word for encourage, and yet too gentle for another word which I can’t remember. We are to model ourselves after Jesus who is the first paraclete and Holy Spirit who is the second paraclete. Only as we are advocated by the Holy Spirit of what Jesus has done for us that we can advocate on behalf of others: to encourage, comfort, beseech, advocate. After I heard this sermon, I was inspired to write texts to many of my friends that I interact with daily or weekly. Sent text to my boyfriend, my community group co-leader/friend, and others who encourage me. I am so thankful, so thankful to be in daily interaction with one or more of such paracletes in my life, paraclete embodied in flesh and blood. You have to speak in love and truth. You can’t be all accepting of everything someone does. Nor can you be too quick to critique someone. Ever so gently, and ever so patiently, and humbly we are to encourage (paraclao) each other. Have you acted as an advocate for someone you love today?