Lean on Me … in this messed up world

It’s upon us. Tomorrow the world will end. Or not.

As America prepares for Election Day 2020, it’s appropriate that we’re in the middle of COVID. I mean it seems chaos and mayhem are the norm, so an Election Day fits right in.

Trump is barnstorming. Biden is out there too. I can’t stream the radio or turn on the TV without seeing these two guys.

Energy is high, tensions are near breaking, nerves are shot, people are not only on edge – they’re dangling over the edge … and the real winners are the advertising world with all the commercials, yard signs, and radio spots filling in every gap of our world … sometimes I just want to look for an exit from the madness.

I need help to get through the madness!

Last week, I did something stupid (not too uncommon.) I left my iPad at a retail store 30 miles away. I only noticed when I got home. I turned around and started back. But I also tried something. I posted on Facebook for anybody near that store to message me ASAP. Maybe I’d get out of having to drive back if someone was near there. One person, whom I hadn’t seen but maybe twice during this 7 month lock-down world, texted and said he would head out there to help me. Didn’t know what it was I needed, didn’t even ask … just said he would come help. He wasn’t near the store, but was willing to drive 40 minutes to just … help.

Wow. Selfless, caring, and more.

A song that just keeps playing through my head is Bill Wither’s Lean On Me. (We even sang this in church Sunday!) This classic is an appeal for us to care for and find care in each other. It’s pleading for us to swallow our pride, it’s yelling, “Let me help!” It’s both humble to show our needs and selfless in a desire to meet needs.

What if the world was more like this? What if Democrats and Republicans were more like this? Instead of a dog eat dog world, what if they tried to be considerate and caring. What if you were more like this?

No matter who wins, we still need to live together on this great nation. And wouldn’t life be blessed if we had each other to lean on?

It’s upon us. Tomorrow the world will end. Or not. Either way, I’m ready to help. Or you?


Powerful postscript addition … Bill Withers passed away in March of this year (2020). And his family has said so many have taken this song and connected it to the coronavirus. Specifically … people are connecting it to our health care workers. What a great tribute to so many people serving in a vocation all about leaning in each other.


Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your loadIf you just call me (call me)
If you need a friend (call me) call me uh huh (call me)

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