LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #23 – “Layla” – Eric Clapton
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Despite the acoustic version by Eric Clapton being just as, if not more, famous than the original, few remember that “Layla” was originally released by Clapton’s band, Derek and the Dominos on their 1971 album, “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.” The song, based both on a Persian poem of a similar title as well as Clapton’s unreciprocated love for his friend’s wife, Pattie Boyd, has gone on to be regarded as one of the greatest rock and roll love songs of all time.
The song begins with the question, “What’ll you do when you get lonely and nobody’s waiting by your side?” The Psalmist asks a similar question in 25:16, saying, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” As Christians, however, we know that we are never alone, for we have a God who loves us and a savior who promises to always be present with us. As Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, “Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid…because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you.”
Loving Companion, we praise you for being ever present in our lives. Inspire us to be courageous, knowing that with you by our side, we never need to feel lonely again. Amen.