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We all need somebody to lean on

It was Bill Withers who made these words famous in his song. The words are relevant for the topic of soul friendship.


Sometimes in our lives We all have pain, we all have sorrow But if we are wise We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me when you’re not strong And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on For it won’t be long ‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

Please, swallow your pride If I have things you need to borrow For no one can fill those of your needs That you won’t let show

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you’ll understand We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you’re not strong And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on For it won’t be long ‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you’ll understand We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load You have to bear that you can’t carry I’m right up the road, I’ll share your load If you just call me




Why have a Soul Friend? In Ray's book A Guide for Soul Friends he suggests ten reasons why this ancient practice is beneficial He says a Soul Friend helps another person:

  1. Grow in their relationship with God and others

  2. Explore different ways of praying and being

  3. Reflect upon the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit

  4. Feed on scripture

  5. Gain self-awareness

  6. Find comfort and strength in times of adversity

  7. Develop their potential as a human being created in the image of God

  8. Apply the Gospel to each are of their life – including money; sex/relationships; work

  9. Maintain a good life balance of prayer, work & recreation

  10. Identify in the past, reflect upon where they are now, and discern direction for the future.

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