When you’re weary

A song was running through my mind tonight. It shows my age:

When you’re weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all)
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down*

Yet, as I think about my day and re-read the lyrics, I’m tempted to make some changes:

When I’m weary, feeling down
I only make a call, and you come around
When I need a friend, I find I’ve got many
For in the church, we are bound
As the Body, we come together
And God is glorified
As the Body, we come together
And God is glorified.

I like my version better, no offense to Simon and Garfunkel, because it speaks the truth to me today. I really was down today and not sure what to do about it. The clearest thing that came to mind was “get people to pray.”

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

The clearest cure for the blues is the prayers of the saints. I may not have received all the answers to my questions as we prayed, but I received assurance that the Lord was listening and He would be faithful to guide and answer. That was enough for me.

So, if you’re weary…feeling down…you know just who to call, so don’t hesitate. Trust me, you won’t regret it. The prayers of the church do build a bridge of peace over troubled waters and troubled souls.

We all need a friend.

Grace and Peace

*Songwriters: Paul Simon. Bridge over Troubled Water lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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