“To lend each other a hand when we’re falling,” Brendon said. “Perhaps that’s the only work that matters in the end.” Frederick Buechner, from his book ‘Brendon.’
This line from Buechner reminded me of the poor guy at Bethesda who had been an invalid for 38 years and was waiting by the pool for the healing waters to touch him and heal him. Jesus said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” The man said, “Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Jesus was the help he needed and received.
It is also interesting that when Jesus said he would leave us with an advocate (the Holy Spirit), he qualified this by saying “to help you and be with you forever.” Seems he was saying and preparing us to receive a helping hand and “To lend each other a hand when we’re falling, perhaps that’s the only work that matters in the end.”
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” Jesus