As I prayed about and searched for the hopeful message God might want me to remind you about this holiday season, my mind kept drifting back to the phrase of an old R&B song, first recorded by Sam and Dave WAY back in the mid-1960s. Remember this tune?
Don't you ever, feel sad,
Lean on Me, when times are bad;
When the day comes, and you’re in doubt,
In a river of trouble, and about to drown.
Hold on, cuz I’m coming
Hold on, I’m coming!
Now for those who might question my piety for having such a depraved brain that it would even think about using a secular song to drive home a spiritual truth…? Lemme show you something:
“Hold on, cuz I’m coming” is actually a cover for one of the last things Jesus said in one of the last chapters of the last book in the Bible. See it?
“I am coming soon. [So] Hold on…”
If there ever was a time when the majority of the people I love could really use a message like that message— it’s this time. Cuz after four years of economic recession and financial hardship, and after losing our homes and our jobs, and after living daily with constant fear and a foreboding dread for what tomorrow might also bring— HOLDIN’ ON kinda feels like what we’ve already been doing, doesn’t it?