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"Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28,30 "And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing."
Luke 15:5

In the late 1960's, Bill Withers wrote a folk ballad entitled "Lean on Me!" The thought of his simple little song was that everybody needs someone to lean on.

Have you ever looked for a shoulder to lean on?

Sometimes when life's disappointments beset us, we search for someone who can give us reassurance that everything will truly be all right.

One of the greatest strengths of a good Christian Family is that it provides a shoulder for each member to lean on. When failures or disappointments come, there is a shoulder to lean on. In times of crises there is always someone who provides a strong shoulder to lean on.

The most influential and respected members of the family are often those who have big shoulders. Those who always seem to have a willingness to listen, to share a burden or pain, and to help lighten a load, always seem to have big shoulders. Sometimes it is a father and other times it's a mother. Sometimes it's a grandparent and on occasion it has even been a child. But when those with broad shoulders, need a shoulder, where can they go? When those who are shouldering the responsibility of the family, carrying the bulk of the load, and sharing a multitude of problems need a shoulder to lean on, where do they go? They can't lay their heads on their own shoulders, that will only give them a crook in the neck. Crying on their own shoulders only results in wet sleeves. Where do those who are loaded and burdened go to find a shoulder big enough to lean on?

As Christians we have learned that there is no shoulder like the shoulder of God! It is a broad shoulder, able to sustain as many as have needs. If you have been carrying a heavy load of responsibility lately and it seems to get heavy at times, there is a shoulder to lean on.

Not only does God have broad shoulders, but he also has strong arms. They make us feel safe, secure and protected regardless of our circumstance.

A song writer probably understood this truth when he wrote:
"Leaning, Leaning, safe and secure from all alarms. Leaning, Leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms!"

Looking for a shoulder to lean on today?

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