Monday, Monday

For those of you too young to remember, Monday, Monday, is a song written and recorded in the 1960s. A popular young group called The Mamas and the Papas made Monday, Monday a big hit. Their soft rock sound and easy singing style spoke to me and many others.

The group and song were favorites of mine and could be heard playing in my college dorm over and over again. At the time, we were likely still too young and naive to fully understand the lyrics.

The lyrics, as well as the music, were written by John Edmund Andrew Phillips:

Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh, Monday morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee
That Monday evening, you would still be here with me

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
Oh, Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
Oh, Monday, Monday, how could you leave and not take me?

Every other day, every other day
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes
But whenever Monday comes
You can find me crying all of the time

Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be
But Monday morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee
That Monday evening, you would still be here with me

Every other day, every other day
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes
But whenever Monday comes
You can find me crying all of the time

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way
Oh, Monday, Monday, won’t go away
Monday, Monday, it’s here to stay

Oh Monday, Monday
Oh Monday, Monday

(Lyrics via Metro Lyrics) (Watch and listen here)

In the lyrics to Monday, Monday, we read and listen to words of unhappiness, lack of trust, tears shed, a broken heart perhaps. Not a pretty picture is painted by the words employed by Phillips.

Like many musical groups of their time, The Mamas and The Papas didn’t always have an easy life. One could say they made some poor choices, but then haven’t we all? One could also say it was because of the tenor of society at that time, and yet there have been difficult time periods throughout history.

What I’d like to bring out in this post is when we choose to walk the pathway Jesus provided for us with His blood– a walk beside Him, a walk ordained by the Heavenly Father, we may still feel unhappiness, faltering trust, tears falling. However, we know there is a foundation underlying our lives that God always loves us unconditionally and waits to show us not only where we have faltered but to also point the way back to the pathway we are to follow.

Clear instructions are provided in a number of Scriptures, but I particularly like this one:

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. ~ John 12:26 (NIV)

What about you? Are you walking with Jesus leaning on faith and God to see you through the difficult times? If you have comments or questions, please leave them below. Discussion is a great way to enjoy community!

Today I’m linking up with:

Kelli Woolford at Unforced Rhythms
Joan Davis at Sharing His Beauty

and on Wednesday with:

Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart
Jennifer Dukes Lee at #TellHisStory

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9 thoughts on “Monday, Monday

  1. Yes, so thankful for Him as my foundation, for how He never walks out on me. Interesting too, to “hear” that song again – first time in 15 years or so that I’ve thought of it. Now it’ll be running through my head this afternoon. 🙂 Bless you, friend. Linked up after you at Kelli’s place this morning.

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    • Dana, “He never walks out on me,” words which resonated with my heart when I read them. What a covenant He provides! Sorry for the running song in your head yesterday. 🙂 Blessings to you too, friend.

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  2. I can’t say that I have much fondness for Mondays either. Ha! But I am grateful that Jesus is there Everyday. That He asks us to follow, not to flaunt his authority (although he has the right to) but to lead us to the abundant life. Well, that’s nothing short of Amazing Grace. Thank you for linking with Unforced Rhythms.

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    • You know, Beth, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a wife/mom with four people to get out the door (or more!) or whether you’re retired. Monday is Monday. I think I like the day that’s named “Everyday” (thanks for that!). He is amazing and His grace is too. Thanks for stopping in from Unforced Rhythms.

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  3. I’m not too young to remember, Sherrey. 😉 Although I didn’t know all the words. It amazes me how some of these songs are so devoid of hope. I’m thankful we don’t have to live that way!

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    • Lisa, I love it when someone else remembers! I always remembered it as a rather joyful, upbeat song, but like you I didn’t know all the words. So glad He walks with us and keeps our days and nights full of hope and light!

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