"The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous."
―Psalm 146:8, NIV
For those who survived the mind-bending seventies―an era marked by anti-war protests, women's lib, bell-bottom pants, lava lamps and Saturday Night Fever―the soft, compelling voice of Karen Carpenter was a welcome respite to the psychedelic acid rock and hippie subculture of the day.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1950, Karen and her brother, Richard, released more than a dozen hit records by the time she was twenty-four. Less than ten years later she was gone, a victim of heart failure brought on by anorexia nervosa, a devastating eating disorder the general public knew little about until her death. Known by her friends to be goofy and fun loving, Karen also suffered from serious personal issues. She struggled to feel loved and accepted.
On this rainy Monday morning, the words to Karen’s 1971 Top 100 hit, Rainy Days and Mondays, have been rolling through my mind. Unexpected but welcomed, I noticed the words to her song contain the spiritual answer to her pain and the heartache many people in today’s culture experience.
Listen to the words of this timeless song at the link below. If you can relate to their message, please "run and find the One who loves you." God desires to lift you up on this rainy Monday.
Now it's your turn. How do rainy Monday's make you feel? What are some of your favorite things to do on a rainy day?
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