Strong as a triple braided cord

A verse often read at weddings comes from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT),

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

The point is that the couple is stronger together than they are alone, and strongest together with God they are like a triple-braided cord. I like this verse, and this week it has been in my mind as a reflect on the frequent stories I hear of church members caring for one another.

One man whose teenage son was killed in an accident last year found solace and comfort through prayer at his small group on Sunday morning. A woman who reached out to the daughter of a woman who died this spring and suggested a wonderful way to celebrate her mom’s birthday and honor her memory that day. The many people who visit in the hospital and nursing home so that members of our church will be prayed with and reminded that they are loved by us and by God.

I think one of the greatest gifts of the church is the opportunity to be in community with one another so that when crisis hits we have someone to stand with us, and that we stand together with God in our midst so that we are as strong as a triple braided cord.

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