Lean With Me

“Lean on me”. That’s what Bill Withers tells us we can do. And every now and then we all need someone to lean on. And if that’s you today, then “swallow your pride” and lean on the people who love you.

Ben E. King tells us that in the dark, when the moon is the only light he can see, he will be fine just as long as his darlin’ stands by him. We all need someone to stand by us when times are tough.

But today, let’s think less about where we stand and more in terms of what direction we are leaning. Not “leaning on,” but leaning in.

They aren’t the stars that Bill Withers or Ben E King were; but the young women from the Presentation Secondary School who hail from Kilkenny, Ireland, did a stint on “Britain’s Got Talent” that makes me want to lean in the direction of community, of harmony and hope in young people. I want to lean toward a greater willingness to be disciplined and toward peace with my neighbor. If you don’t want to watch the entire clip (link is below), they go on stage at 1:40. And they start to lean at 3:45.

Their director – Veronica – very pleasant when talking; intense when directing. The women are focused. They are beautiful; but watch them lean, and slap their thighs and clench their fists, and they are warriors…and then some of them cry – teenagers, proud parents who come into view when the camera pans the crowd.

Leaning can be very subtle; and it can make all the difference. Lean with me today. Lean toward a world in which everyone gets a chance to sing their song and we get to appreciate the beauty that is all around us.

A blessed Tuesday.

Presentation Secondary School

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.