Let It Be

The day has flown by today.

I was up early and did the usual routines, playing with Perry Como the Cat and all that. And having had that one last opportunity to take my road bike out on Tuesday, I gave it a season’s-end scrubbing and buffing in the basement, then covered it up for the winter.

Then I was off to go for a socially-distant walk with a friend; we had an in-depth conversation about many things in our hearts while treading cautiously, sometimes shuffling on a vast coat of ice left overnight by freezing rain.

Back home, I did a strenuous ride on the bike trainer, ate, cleaned up, and then Sweety and I went to provide some childcare for grandbaby, respite for young parents as is allowed under pandemic restrictions. Then home to a long and lovely phone call from one of my lads and, finally, a Zoom gathering with a group of men. It was a beautiful meetup, though there was some sadness at learning of a newly-met friend’s impending transition from this life.

When I came down to start my blog post for the day, “Let It Be” came to mind.

“When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be”

(from “Let it Be,” by John Lennon, Paul McCartney)

I met this man only briefly, a few times, through a dear, soulful friend who has guided me in many ways since I met him 12 years ago. And these encounters were on Zoom, of course, because where else do we see people these days… And even though we met only on a computer screen with his image and words transmitted as ones and zeros over the Internet, I saw and heard a generous spirit, a kind man devoted to a life of service, and felt his immense love, “big love” for all people, and for me.

Though he’s only met Sweety and me briefly, he remembered our names and spoke them, as if anointing us.

I don’t know that I’ll ever see him again, but I will always remember his warm, kind soul. And I know many people feel crushing sadness right now, knowing their friend, their brother, may soon cross over. My thoughts are with them all tonight as they sit in vigil, most of them separated by great geographical distances, yet sitting in circle together, tending the fire to keep each other warm in the cloudy night.

“And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be

I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be”

Or, as my dear friend in Colorado says, “Blessed Be.”

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here.

Here’s the audio from the Beatles’ official YouTube channel:  

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