One can hardly read a news story without seeing the word advocate. In our area the natural gas companies are pushing to drill through the copious deposits of Marcellus Shale. The process of “fracking” is thought to contaminate ground water thus threatening our environment.
There are advocates for a myriad of causes. Nature advocates lobby for practices to protect the ecosystem. Rachel Carson of “Silent Spring” fame one of the most famous in our area.
My mother and her husband are advocates for the Monarch Butterfly. They retreive the eggs before the Milkweed is sprayed with chemicals and hatch them and set them free. Any given season they protect and launch between 300 and 600 Monarchs a year.
Last month in the Emergency Room the nurses were not listening or just not hearing that my husband was losing consciousness. His warning that the room was spinning, he could no longer hear and things were getting dark were not heeded. I had to step in and in one motion elbow nurse out of way, lower the bed with my foot and catch him on the way down before he pitched headlong onto the floor. I was his patient advocate. When his pain reached critical levels I was the one that tore the nurses from their dialog to increase his meds interceding on his behalf.
Several years ago I was in a courthouse lobby with a bible praying for a mom who faced lawyers and judges as they decided the fate of her children during a brutal custody battle. I became a court appointed advocate to accompany the children on their paternal visits.
Everyone needs an advocate. The word ADVOCATE has been on my heart so I began to research it.
Initially I looked to the Bible for my definition and learned that in Greek , the word translated as ‘advocate’ in some versions such as KJV – parakletos – is also translated as ‘comforter’ in verses : John 14 : 16, John 15 : 26, and John 16 : 7.
This word advocate often refers to the Holy Spirit.
“But the Advocate, 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 14:26 (NIV)
Looking at the dictionary the definition says Advocate: a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor
Equally impressive are the synonyms listed: Synonyms: champion, proponent, backer, counselor, counsel
The purpose of all this “advocate” pondering became real this morning.
I found myself this morning with a word on my heart. “May you have peace joy and hope! God has a plan.” And while I thanked God for the peace this gave me I was still stirred in my spirit that maybe it wasn’t just for me. I shared it with some of my friends by going through my twitter follower list and when I felt the nudge, I shared the words with them. I was not prepared for the response and the opportunity it afforded me to pray or intercede for those who received the word for them.
We all need an advocate and we are often called to be one. I posted the query, “what is an advocate” and the responses all spoke of ‘standing in the gap’ for someone.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” – Proverbs 31:8
And sometimes that means praying for someone when they can no longer find words.
Those who know me well, know that if they ask me for prayer, that I “stop, drop and pray” Followers on twitter or Facebook see actual prayers in response to a plea for prayer, not just a “sure I’ll keep you in my prayers”. How often do we say “prayin’ for ya” but get caught up in our stuff and forget? How many of us have forwarded an email or retweeted a prayer request and that’s as close as we got to actually praying?
Taking on the role of an advocate can yield a bounty of blessings for both parties. When our Advocate calls us to be one for someone else, we need to act. If you have put it off, today is a new day. Step into your role of Advocte, a title with responsibility – you are in good company.
Point to Ponder: Who can you be an advocate for today? How is our “Advocate” encouraging you to move?
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