3rd April – A Prayer for Today

A long introduction to a short prayer, so please bear with me.

Yesterday, Thursday, UK radio listeners formed a nationwide ‘choir’ as five stations teamed up for a ‘communal’ singalong. The BBC website reported that

‘For the first time, Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music, 1 Xtra and Asian Network all broadcast the same programme, designed to lift spirits during the lockdown. "This is a unique moment," said Radio 1's Greg James. "Isolation doesn't mean you have to be lonely."’

Songs were suggested by listeners and Radio 1's audience submitted Florence + The Machine's You Got the Love. The song happens to be one of my favourites, although I prefer (as would most folk of my generation) the versions featuring the American soul singer Candi Staton. It’s one of those songs that never really goes away, and I think I know why. Somehow, despite the dance-beat rhythm, it’s the words keep breaking through; and the words are a prayer, let’s take two of the verses:

Sometimes it seems to me the going is just too rough.
And things go wrong no matter what I do.
Now and then I feel like life is just too much.
But you've got the love I need to see me through…

Occasionally my thoughts are brave and friends are few.
Occasionally I cry out, "Lord, what must I do".
Occasionally I call up, "Master, make me new".
You've got the love I need to see me through.

Michael Mays