In the Message, we find the following translation:
16 I will talk to the Father, and he'll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. 17 This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can't take him in because it doesn't have eyes to see him, doesn't know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! 18 "I will not leave you orphaned. I'm coming back.
"I will not leave you orphaned." And again, "I will talk to the Father, and he'll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you."
We all have those moments in life when we feel that someone, something, life, or God has "let us down". Perhaps you have prayed and asked for God's guidance and help and the only response you could discern was silence. And at those moments, you feel alone, almost "orphaned" as the scripture describes it.
Jesus has been telling his disciples that he is will be going away and leaving them, and yet he promises not to leave them "orphaned". God will provide "another Friend so that you will always have someone with you."
While I may not understand all the details of this promise, I do claim the good news of this promise. This means that I am truly never alone. God dwells inside me, inside you, inside everyone that we meet, healing our hearts from the inside out.
When we feel alone and "orphaned" especially by God, we need to remember that perhaps what is needed is for us to sit someplace quiet and listen very carefully for the sound of the wind of the Spirit blowing inside of us, for the sound of the still small voice that speaks in silence more often than it speaks in words, and feel the glow of the flames of the Devine presence within us.
We are never alone, truly. We have a Friend inside at all times, healing us from the inside out when we are willing to be healed.