Sometimes, when I don’t know what to say, a song shows up that says it for me. And that’s today. So, listen to this song by Big Daddy Weave, but read the words, too. Use them as a prayer. Go on. It will do you good.

I couldn’t help but think of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious when I wrote the opening words above. It’s “something to say when you don’t know what to say!” If you haven’s seen the original Mary Poppins, where this amazing word originated, I highly recommend it. I always wanted to live on Cherry Tree Lane when I was a kid. That’s the street the Banks family lives on in the movie. Probably in the book, too. I never read it, sad to say. But I’ve seen the movies so many times, I’ve lost count.

But life is not that much fun. One thing about the film: even amidst some pretty dour stuff, and some very unhappy, inattentive and sometimes even unloving people, Jane and Michael Banks find joy in life; they still love and are loved. That’s what Mary P does for them. She shows them that there is much in life to be thankful for, and even ways to find joy even in the seemingly darkest moments. I actually think we could learn a LOT from Mary Poppins and her charges, the children who never really give up hope because they know they are loved and that someone is always looking out for them. This is not unrelated to the “I Know” song, by the way. God is always with us. Even in our seemingly darkest hours. We can find joy in that. If we really believe. It’s not ‘magical’ like it is with Mary Poppins, though. It’s more like miraculous like it is with Mary the Mother of Jesus, who says to God, “Be it done to me according to Your word,” and wondrous, life changing, world shaking, eternal joys result from her fiat. 

Knowing Jesus is like that. So, anyway, pray alone with Big Daddy Weave and “God bless us, every one,” to quote another young man who saw joy even in the bleakest moments.*

*Tiny Tim; see A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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