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The Holy Spirit: The Helper at My Side or Just a Coincidence?

Updated on July 31, 2016

My Spiritual Journey Begins

Copyright 2012 by Suzanne Sheffield

Sometimes our search for the truth leads us in mysterious ways.

In the 70's I was a young wife and mother of two toddlers, living in a small rural community in Sussex County, Delaware, where basically everyone belonged to the Volunteer Fire Company, Lion's Club, Ladies Auxillary, Garden Club, and attended the same Methodist Church.

Although we attended church every Sunday, and I believed in God and Jesus Christ, I was not taking anyone's word for anything, and was continuing my investigation into the paranormal, which I had been doing ever since I discovered my psychic ability at the age of 10.

One Sunday the sermon centered around The Holy Spirit, also known as The Helper, The Holy Ghost and The Comforter. I was particularly intrigued by John 14-16 when Jesus, at the Last Supper, speaks to the disciples:

JOHN 14:15-17: "If you love me you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Comforter to be with you forever - the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him for he lives with you and will be in you.

"JOHN 14:25, 26:"All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

JOHN 15:26:"When the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me."

JOHN 16:7,8:"But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away.Unless I go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment."

JOHN 16:13-15: "But when he, the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own, he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it know to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you."


I began searching my Bible for passages about The Helper. My grandfather taught Sunday School, so I called my mother and asked if she knew the story behind The Helper - about how you can call on it for everyday help. She said she did not.

What happened during that phone call could be called either a miracle or an AMAZING coincidence.

During this phone call, we talked about the promise that The Helper was something or someone which could be called upon when needed for assistance with anything. In our discussion about miracles we talked about the prophet Elijah, who was taken up into heaven in a cloud, and never seen again. I was searching my little black Bible with the zipper for his name, and my mother was using a huge Family Bible. But we couldn't find his name.

"Mom, let's close our Bibles and ask The Helper to help us find Elijah."

We closed our Bibles and I said the prayer that one is supposed to use to invoke The Helper's assistance, meaning you always have to preface your request with "thank you": "Helper, thank you for helping us find Elijah in our Bibles. Amen" and then I said to my mother on the other end of the line: "Open your Bible" and we BOTH opened our Bibles to the same chapter and verse where the prophet Elijah was first mentioned in the Bible.

Now, we could debate this subject by saying it was The Library Angel, Harahel, or it was The Helper. The Library Angel, about which I write in another Hub, is responsible for people looking for information. For example, they go to the library looking for information and the book falls off the shelf or is sticking out from the shelf. That sort of thing.

Maybe it was a coincidence.

Years later, when I told this story to my sister, the lights in the room suddenly got brighter, then dimmed.

Another time after a telling of this story, the lightbulb in the light I was turning off, exploded.

But I digress...


Within a week after the Bible opening incident, my church's Bible Study group asked me if I would like to join them. The subject of their study? A book I had never heard of called (wait for it) The Helper, by Catherine Marshall.

The Helper is a story about the lessons Marshall learned by living them out. She offers forty inspirational "helps," or readings, that contain scripture, a prayer, and insight into the provocative third person of the Trinity. It also answers the questions:

  • Who is The Helper?
  • How do I experience The Helper's presence?
  • How does The Helper meet everyday needs?
  • What is The Helper's role and function in the Church?

Be Careful How You Phrase Your Helper Requests

According to my investigation into The Helper, you need only ask and you shall receive. What you need to know, after everything I've learned is: Be careful how you phrase your request.

For example:

When I was a Realtor, I was making breakfast, slowing stirring some scrambled eggs (a meditative state I've since learned) and thinking about a listing that had not sold and which I was about to lose if I didn't sell it. I said a silent prayer to The Helper: Thank you for making my listing sell. Amen. It sold that afternoon. But what I should have asked is: "Thank you for making my listing sell and CLOSE." because the sale fell through.

A more chilling example of an answered prayer is about a co-worker who told me a story about her son:

Her son had gotten mixed up with the wrong crowd and was using drugs and getting into all kinds of trouble and so she prayed and turned the matter over to God because she couldn't figure out what to do. She asked God to take care of her son. What happened was that afternoon her son's car ran off the road and damaged the gas tank, and exploded, he was trapped in the car, with the doors locked and was burned alive while his sister looked on.

The only two pages stuck together were the ones where the Holy Spirit is mentioned in my Bible. And it wasn't from jelly on my fingers.
The only two pages stuck together were the ones where the Holy Spirit is mentioned in my Bible. And it wasn't from jelly on my fingers. | Source

What Do You Think?

Do You Believe in The Helper?

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Trouble Writing this Hub

,When I decided to write this article I found my childhood Bible easily enough. I opened up the concordance and began looking for the "H's" and Helper. I finally found The Helper. The pages of this Bible are very thin, and were stuck together the entire length of the page where The Helper was listed...

I thought to myself: I'm going to photograph this as evidence because these are the ONLY pages that are stuck together in the entire Bible.

Could not find my camera. It is usually in my purse. Checked my purse 3 times. Emailed my husband, my co-workers, can't find my camera. Finally, one last time, I look in my purse, and the camera is there where it was not anywhere before.

Here is the photo.

Was something trying to prevent me from taking the photograph? If so, was it an evil presence or just a coincidence? I'm curious to read your feedback.

If you believe in spirits you have to believe there are good and bad ones.

Update: The Helper Appears Again

While browsing Amazon for a book my husband had requested as a Christmas present, a book by Theresa Caputo "The Long Island Medium" popped up on the page where I was searching.

Unaware that she had written a book, and because I'm a fan of the show, I purchased the book, in which Caputo talks about The Helper or The Holy Spirit. She also talks about lights going on and off by virtue of Spirit communication. She talks about opening books and getting answers from Spirit.

It was just the book I needed.

Early one morning before anyone else was awake, I saw my husband's Bible beside his chair where he usually keeps it for his daily devotional. Before this particular morning, I had never opened it. But a small voice in the back of my head said: "open it".

I picked up the Bible, and opened it. It opened to the page where The Helper is first mentioned: John 14-16.

This could not be just a coincidence.

I answered my own question.


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    • American_Choices profile image


      3 years ago from USA

      Beautiful and believable. Thank you for sharing. The art of appreciation for God's love and his help goes unannounced daily. We needed this reminder.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, You know the old saying, be careful what you wish for, in the case of the boy in the car crash, it came chillingly true. I hadn't heard of the Helper, but I have heard of other names for this phenomena. Some people just ask the Universe or God, but its all the same thing I believe, fascinating subject though and very strange about your bible. Really interesting, thanks nell

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      You are very welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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      William Benner 

      6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Once upon a time I use to believe in a Higher Self but now I believe in the Holy Spirit or what you call "the helper"it is a real presence as have pointed out! Thank you for this hub, God Bless

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Wizzie, the most amazing thing has happened. Please see my new hub "Incredible Coincidence, Or Garden Deva at Work.

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Oh good, I'm so pleased it inspired you. Did you read my letter I posted in my article The Library Angel? The one from Shirley MacLaine? Now you have to read it if you haven't as this has lead you that way. It has always fascinated me how we are lead.

    • Wizzie Crone profile image

      Wizzie Crone 

      6 years ago from

      Like many others, I believe we have spirit guides or the higher self, which I believe is what is meant by the Holy Spirit. Like Kitty, I believe this spirit is female. I believe in the godhead as father/mother. I believe there are no accidents, that everything happens for a reason. I believe we can do much more than we think we can. Heavens. This sounds like my credo. Didn't intend that. Lilleyth, your hub has inspired me. Thanks.

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you Ms. Brown for your kind comments and for sharing my curious story as I am very interested to see what others think. The poll shows a 50/50 split so far.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I believe all things happen for a reason. God decides to answer your prayers in His own time and in His own way. I do believe the Holy Spirit is always with us and guides us when we ask for guidence. We may never know the why of things until we are no longer on this earth. This is a beautiful story and I am glad you shared it with us. Have a blessed day! Up and awesome! :)

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Oh, thanks Kitty, I am going to read up on Shekhina as soon as I finish this reply. My friend specifically said in her prayer, THAT DAY, "I'm putting my son in your hands because I don't know what to do."

      Here is another sideline to that story about my friend: She asked me to cast her astrology chart shortly after I met her. She was actually a co-worker at the State legislator where I was the paralegal. I cast her chart, no knowing about the son's death. The chart indicated fires, explosions, etc. would surround her life. When I told her she turned white.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Lilleyth - I believe that the helper is real and probably in the form of an ancestor or spirit guide of some sort. I think you might find it interesting to look up the goddess "Shekhina". I'm actually writing a hub on her right now...esoteric judaism looks at the holy spirit as a female which they named "shekhina". Just thought I'd mention that. But I do have to say that I don't know that the car accident with the boy was due to her prayers. That's WAY too morbid and cruel for a spirit to do...especially one that you're praying to for help. Just my belief though. :)

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I'm still undecided. After "I Survived...Beyond and Back" I think perhaps a lot of what is happening is from deceased relatives. The Chinese believe their relatives are around them, and they are pretty smart people. But that doesn't explain my mother opening a Bible that is 8 inches thick and mine 1 inch thick to the same chapter and verse, at the exact same moment. So, I'm on the fence. Thank you for your kind comments.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Thank you, Lilleyth, for this hub. I was especially interested in the quotes from the Bibie, which I read as a child, but have not looked at for a long time. I am, however, a true believer in this Presence, which you call The Helper, and which I call My Higher Self. It is always there for all of us, our journey is to become aware of it, begin to relate to it, and finally put our lives at its disposal. Once that is accomplished, we only have to do the "footwork." Thanks for SHARING.

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      The truth is out there somewhere. It has been quite a trip trying to find it. Thank you for your comments clairemy.

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      6 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub, which has to be good because I am a sceptic religiously. However I do believe that there is a greater power in this universe than all of us , what I do not know but I have witnessed its healing of the physical.


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