Daily Word of Grace # 65 (June 15, 2020)
One of the many amazing songs on Carole King’s 1971 masterpiece album Tapestry (which won the Grammy for Album of the Year) is a high octane gospel song for those in need of a friend, a song that won the Grammy for Song of the Year): “When you’re down and troubled, and you need some love and care, and nothing, nothing is going right, close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest night. You just call out my name and you know wherever I am I’ll come running, to see you again. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there. You’ve got a friend.” Who among us cannot relate to that? All of us have times when we are “down and troubled,” times when we “need some love and care,” times when it seems “nothing is going right.” And yet, that is exactly when Jesus, the Light of the World (John 8:12) is there “to brighten up even your darkest night.” Scripture assures us that “everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This is true all year round, no matter the external season of “winter, spring, summer, or fall”, no matter the internal seasons in our hearts and minds. No matter what, Jesus will be there “to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). No matter what, in Jesus “you’ve got a friend” (Matthew 12:19).
Love and Prayers,