We all need someone to lean on

person needs someone to be there

In the video below musician Bill Withers is singing Lean on me in a 1974 episode of Soul Train. My goodness, I am only eleven then How time does go by so fast. Where does it all go?

The world is just coming out of the shock of losing John F. Kennedy, Robert  Kennedy and  Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,They made us believe working together that we could be a more just world. No work would have been accomplished with the collective hopes of these leaders without the help of others. They all needed someone to lean on.

Families who have lost ones in Nepal need us to lean on. They are terrified aid will not arrive in time as the death toll climbs. Loved ones thousands of miles away wait frantically hoping their relatives are okay. Those horrifying images that tug at our hearts — you’ve been bombarded with more than enough of those to last several lifetimes.

We all need one another. Bill Wither’s song calls us to a brotherhood of caring one for the other regardless of race, religion or the differences of our beliefs. It is in the difficult times when we find out who our true friends are. We discover who really cares about us. The song says that kind of trusted friend is “just right up the road”, close by where needed most.

It’s okay to ask for help. We are not required to be like John Wayne, who though he would be shot or wounded, still carried on to complete a military mission. It always amazes me how with blood oozing from a leg or with several major wounds from aircraft fire, he would continue to carry out an attack on the invading enemy:) That is the fantasy world of Hollywood far removed from the gnawing reality of lives in Nepal torn apart.

A hurting friend needs another friend. A manager needs everyone on the team to reach company objectives.  Those trapped in their prison of abuse need to be rescued. The homeless, those on welfare, disability and on low incomes need all of us to care, to give them a hand up, not a hand out.

We all have burdens that we are carrying. We all have problems, but we don’t need to face them alone. When you see someone who needs your time, please give it to them.. If a friend or relative has fallen on hard times and needs a place to stay offer yours. If you need someone to get you through a rough time, ask for help. Never think that you are expected to do everything on your own.

One of my favorite image quotes is this one.

people cry not because weak

The strongest among us still need someone to reach out to for guidance.

Who will you lean on today?

Kevin Osborne is training to be a psychotherapist and priest with Holy Catholic Church International. His wife, Karen, will also be taking the M.A.-Ph.D. program majoring in Clinical Christian Counselling with their school, St. James the Elder Theological Seminary.  Karen is also a Master of Divinity student at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Kevin is a member of The Word Guild, a Christian writer’s group in Canada. They are available to go wherever God leads to do His will in any way they are called upon.

About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Th.D. Candidate

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on May 1, 2015, in compassion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Lift yourself by lightening your load, lift others by lightening theirs. “We are the human race but we need to patiently walk toward humanity.” I share your faith in togetherness, continue to remind people that just because we are on borrowed time, doesn’t mean we can’t share our time. Great piece

    • Thank you for your insightful comments.

      Yes, time is a gift given to all of us. We are here for but a season in the scope of eternity. We need to value each day we are given using it not for us merely, but moreover as we reach out to others. When we do that we receive blessings we would never have imagined for ourselves could happen.

      Keep up the great work you are doing on your blog as you ask others if they are willing to commit to a year of change, as they look at their perspectives on life and the contribution they can make by becoming better people.

      Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Living that truth is not easy as you say, as we live in a world of lies. In my own life standing for what is true and not being silent about the injustices I see in the lives of others has caused many people to turn away from me.

      I want to be able to look into the mirror and see my reflection there. Sadly, some of my friends have compromised truth for the sake of saving their careers. I feel so deeply sorry for them because one day I believe they like me will need to give an account of how they lived their lives. Was it for our own pleasure? Did we love others as our spirit was called to? Did we forsake truth for a life of ease and comfort? These are tough questions we will all have to answer.

      • If I don’t encourage greatness who will. I live in that same bubble of truth and people throw me away as well. But, that’s why I am building a circle of people that will fight along side me. A group of leadership, focusing on “Love” as a faith. If I speak, there will be someone that will break my jaw. When that occurs I will use my pen. When they break my arms, I will use my facial expressions. I will not be bullied into a corner. So, my death will release the spirit, that will superceded all the lies and people will have to take account. I am ready to be judged today-I just haven’t fulfilled my purpose. Those questions are easy because I live the answers daily. I Loved others, I looked in the eyes of the truth and that was my comfort, and it was my pleasure to affect lives with “my season”…. Love to meet like minded people!!!! Keep in touch and let’s change this world to match our heartbeats.

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