I Need Help

I Need Help

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Text: Psalm 70:1b, 5b

O LORD, make haste to help me! 

You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!

Context: My son being adorable and saying repeatedly to get our affection: “I need help.”


My son is experimenting with his language and will. He is learning to say, “please” and, “thank you.” He is learning to say, “mine!” And, “give me!”

He is also learning to repeat things when we think they are cute.

If we think its cute when he toots. He will keep trying to toot to get our attention and make us laugh.

If we think it is cute when he hugs his plush cat toy. He will keep hugging his plush cat toy.

You get the idea.

But one thing in particular he has been doing in the past couple of days that has really captured my heart. And thus he keeps doing it over and over.

He keeps saying this:

“I need help.”

Now, of course he is a southern boy. So he says “help” more like “hey-alp,” which just intensifies the cute factor by 9,000.

But it caught my attention because I made the comment to my wife: of all the things we end up teaching him to say as a healthy habit, I think this is one that we don’t teach enough.

“Please” and “thank you” are very important for sure, but “I need help” does not get near enough air time out there in my opinion. Oh what a different world it could be if we were all quick on the draw to say in simple authenticity: I need help.

I know I need to learn to say it more for my own self. And I bet you do too.

We all need help. We are needy creatures and life is crazy sometimes. It takes courage and faith to say early on in a struggle: I need help.

Asking for help is not admitting defeat. It is not a passive claim to be incapable.

It is an acknowledgment that we are not perfect. It is a claim to be human in a world trying to be God.

Ann Lamont says “help!” is one of the three basic prayers. And I think she’s right about that. Just that one word alone – help – can be a prayer when we are really desperate.

Just trying adding this little breath prayer into your day and see if it helps you:

*in breath* –  O God, make speed to save us.

*out breath* –  O Lord, make haste to help us.

So whether you say it with a cute southern accent or not, I dare you to have the audacity and courage to be honest enough to admit what is true for all of our human siblings: we need help.

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2 comments
  • PapaMike Branch November 27, 2023 at 3:59 am

    “…I need help…”, “…I need…” – yep, since birth I’ve needed. And as I now grow past what I’ve been told is my biblically allowed age (three score and ten?), well, I still need. I’m just hoping my recognition of need, even in my dodige (my dictionary) is also indicative of a speck of humility, and an acceptance of a worthy embrace of vulnerability. . . maybe, if I’m lucky, I’m learning to breathe in bits of those concepts, humility / vulnerability, fearlessly, revealed by my grandson moments… I can’t imagine being closer to creation, to the creator, than as a baby, even as a young child – before the veil of fear pride anger or-shadow the being of love…

  • Mary McDonald November 27, 2023 at 7:40 am

    I love this blog.

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