As our time of worship drew to a close, the She Speaks staff invited us to come forward with our hand-written prayer requests. Two wooden crosses waited for us at each end of the ballroom, ready to shoulder our burdens and trade them for a promise.
When I laid down my prayer request at the foot of the cross and picked up my promise from the hundreds strewn there, hot tears streamed down my face. My verse read, "If you (really) love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever." John 14: 15-16, Amplified Version.