Aretha Franklin


I know it’s been a bit since Aretha died but I’m needing a little sisterly encouragement today. I’m listening to her gospel album “Amazing Grace” and it’s giving me strength; music has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? My oldest and I are going through something right now and I over-reacted- so poorly, I felt I needed to apologize. Unfortunately, it has been on my mind all morning and despite our talk, I still feel slimed by it. As I’m writing this, here is what Aretha is saying:

“When you’re down and troubled and you need some love and care. Ain’t nothing going right. Close, close your eyes and meditate on him. And soon he will be there. God can brighten up, he can brighten up your darkest hours. Precious God, take my hand. Lead me on, help me stand. I am tired. I am weak.”

The situation isn’t dire and certainly not my darkest hour but it’s something I realize I’m so sensitive to. Looking back, I know why I’m sensitive to L-Y-I-N-G. It’s something most kids do and definitely not the end of the world. But I feel so offended every time it happens; I guess it’s a peeve of mine. So, the reason for Aretha – My husband’s Grandmother called me to check on me and I discussed “the situation” with her and she prayed for me, but then gave me this very good advice: Find a song for your heart. Today, Aretha is providing it.

What a worthy and purposeful life she must have led. To provide encouragement, hope, and direction to so many women. I wonder how anyone with passion can sing a heartfelt song without becoming so overwhelmed with emotion? I firmly believe I would break down in the middle of any song I sang. I hope you all are having the very best day and if not, find a song for your heart. A song that helps you find your inspiration, direction, and hope for whatever you are dealing with.