Devotional #333, April 26, 2020

Devotional #333
“Lean on Me”
April 26, 2020
“Leaning on Jesus, leaning on Jesus…safe and secure through all alarms, 
Leaning on Jesus, leaning on Jesus, leaning on the everlasting arms.”  Hoffman and Showalter
Singer songwriter Bill Withers passed away early in April.  He was best known for his timeless lyrics and tunes recorded in the early 1970’s, including the hit song, “Lean on Me.”  
“Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise, we know that there is always tomorrow. 
Lean on me, when you’re not strong.  I’ll be your friend; I’ll help you carry on.
For it won’t be long, till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on. ” 
I have heard this song a lot lately, as the pandemic has encircled our globe, and created a need for each other as never before.  We are all leaning on someone…our health care workers, store clerks, our neighbors, our families, our friends.  People are donating to food banks.  Masks are being made and distributed.  Drive by birthday parties and celebrations are taking place.  It warms my heart to see people stepping up and helping out. 
Hopefully, we are learning to lean on Jesus more and more.  He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.  He is our greatest friend, and helps us carry on.  We do all have pain and sorrow, especially now, and we can seek Him to help meet these needs as well.  In our weakness, He can make us strong.  I have been extremely encouraged by the news of thousands off professions of faith during this time.  Apparently, there are many who are learning to lean on Jesus.  
“We shine brightest when we need each other.”  J. Rosenthal  I heard this quote as well this week, and it really sums all this up.  We do need each other, and we need God.  I pray you find the time to lean in this week.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13