Saturday night, Olivia came to our bed in the wee hours of the morning crying.

When I asked what was wrong, she said she couldn’t stop thinking about Nick and Jim (he was a precious elderly man from our church who passed away two weeks ago).

I held her for a long time and she cried and cried.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Olivia cry like this, probably since the day we told her that Nick had passed away over two years ago.

She curled up beside me in bed, and Tim and I both talked to her in the dark for a while about how wonderful Heaven is going to be. We told her that we all miss Nick so much even though we don’t say it out loud every day. I felt so incapable of saying exactly what I thought could help Olivia feel better, because I still hurt so much too; but slowly and thankfully, Olivia settled down and fell to sleep.

Tonight on the way to youth group, Olivia told Tim about her dream after going to sleep.

She said that in her dream she was given one wish and she wished that Nick was still alive. The rest of the dream Nick was with her! She said that we picked her up from softball practice and Nick was in the back seat smiling and looking great! He didn’t look sick at all! She said our car was flying in the air, but that everywhere we went Nick was with us and he was so happy!

I love how God is able to be the Comforter we often cannot be.

I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that He was leaving this earth so that the Counselor could come.

I feel such peace knowing that because Olivia has accepted Jesus as Lord of her life she walks daily with a Counselor and Comforter at her side.

I’m praying that He walks with you too,