November 7, 2020
by Dana Connell

Nov 7  By Dana Connell

Periodically, in our kitchen, one of us will call out “Hey Alexa, play ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers!”

 That song, of course, goes from stating the obvious — “Sometimes in our life, we all have pain, we all have sorrow” —  to emphasizing what we can do for others — “Lean on me” — to finally (the hardest part) admitting our own need for help — “For it won’t be long, ‘til I’m going to need, somebody to lean on.”

I’m no expert, but that song always feels good, and the lyrics describe what I think is important ground for God and for us.  

The next time you need a good resilience anthem, I highly recommend not just listening but singing along to “Lean On Me.” 

Let us pray:

Dear God:

We can all learn so much more in periodic defeats than in constant victories. 

Please help us to answer the calls for help from our brothers and sisters, especially the calls which are hardest to hear. Let us answer those calls with the clearest possible response:  Lean on me.

 Just as important, please remind us to ask for help when it is our turn to do so.  Help us remember that (without a doubt) we just might have a problem that You’ll understand.

 We give thanks for the fact that there’s always tomorrow. 

Amen.