Hallmark and GAC Family actress Danica McKellar says the Holy Spirit comforted her during a recent season when she was mourning a death in her family.
McKellar, in an Instagram post last month, discussed her renewed Christian faith in light of what she called a "sudden and unexpected death" of a family member. In April, McKellar said she had "started going to church" after being invited by fellow actress Candace Cameron Bure.
"I'll be honest; it's been a super rough time over here … but we are hanging in there," she said of the loss of the family member. "Life hits us all with challenges of all sorts at various times. Just remember that we are not alone. Love and comfort are just one breath away."
She encouraged her fans to "close your eyes, take a deep breath, and as you breathe in, feel God's love." That love, she wrote, is "available to everyone at all times if we seek it out, no matter what our history is with organized religion."
"That love and comfort is *for you.* … No matter what you are going through, let us greet the new week with excitement and a sense of adventure that comes from inviting new experiences and opportunities to love and serve others," she wrote. "Find all of that in your BREATH, because that's how you connect to Spirit. I have had moments of joy amidst this tragedy, absolutely because of connection to God.
"I used to be uncomfortable with the term Holy Spirit, and used to think of it as Universal Love," she wrote. "At the end of the day, those are all just words with biases we've created in our heads based on religion. But I can tell you, the Holy Spirit has been in me and with me through this difficult time, and I'm just so grateful."
In May, McKellar had said she was "experiencing a relationship with God and Jesus that I've never had before, and it feels miraculous."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.