June 6, 2005, 9:52 a.m.

You've Got A Friend

The following song written by Carole King I remembered became a theme song of my high school senior class back in 1981. In this world of darkness which some people call the post-Christian era, the song offers a very positive thing. There is always a friend out there willing to help you in all your worries. In fact, God is there even if all our other friends fail us. So here goes...

When you're down and troubled
And you need some love and care
And nothin',
Nothin' is goin' right,

Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there,
To brighten up
Even your darkest night.

Refrain:
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come runnin' to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there.
(Yes I will)
You've got a friend.

If the sky above you
Should grow dark and full of clouds
And that ol' north wind
Should begin to blow,
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud;
Soon you'll hear me knockin'
At your door. (Ref.)

Now ain't it good to know
That you've got a friend
When people can be so cold?
They'll hurt you,
Yes, and desert you
And take your soul
If you let them.
Oh, but don't you let them. (Ref.)

Yes, we are in a lot of darkness; but I really believe what the late John Paul II said that we are in the springtime of faith, a hope that should not die in time's passing. All men and women of good will should stand their ground, and not allow ourselves to be tossed around by the waves and lose our direction. Sooner or later, lines will be drawn; we'll choose the right path.