Monday, September 8, 2008

Meaningful Monday

Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old deacon who always prayed, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side.' After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.

He answered, 'Well sir, you see, it's like this... I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for many years. It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn't fall.

Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I've been around a long time. I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.

Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't .

So we need to pray, 'Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.''

Wishing all a week filled with blessings and happiness. May some of your blessings be people that will serve as those pine prop poles to hold you up when you start to lean.


Juli said...

what a very nice story and good words for the soul. Indeed, we all lean from time to time :)

Merry day to you Jo !

Linds said...

I love your Monday stories, Jo - there is always something to make me think - and smile a little too!

Britt-Arnhild said...

What a wonderful story!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Lord Please Prop me up on my leanin side too!

what a fantastic prayer! thank you !

Nanna said...


"What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms." Luv Ya, Nanna

Lib said...

HI Jo,
I sure could use some leaning poles right now!
What a Lovely Post!
Hope you have agreat wk.end.

Kate said...

Hi Jo - That was another beautiful post thanks... Love across the pond Kate x.

Tracy said...

Oh I love this! What a wonderful story. Many times i need this prayer. Thank you for sharing!

PEA said...

I love this post, dear Jo...may we all have God to help prop us up whenever we are leaning! xoxo

The Holleys said...

I'm happy to read your blog posts again, Jo! :) I like this one very much! I don't think we can make it through many challenges in life without Jesus helping us. :)

Gigi said...

What a lovely post! Today, I needed propping, because I was sure leanin'!

First time visitor to your blog...I like it very much!

Betty said...

I've seen this prayer before. It is beautiful, so I love to read it over and over again. Thank you for posting it to give me that opportunity to read it once more.

farmlady said...

Thanks Jo, I needed to hear that story today.

Tina Coruth said...

Jo, what a wonderful post!! Thank you!! Hugs,Tina