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07/26/2010

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"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up" (Ecc. 4: 9-10).

As I read the fourth chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes, to tell you the truth, I get a bit depressed. Verses 9 to 12 however, are quite uplifting and I would like to share some thoughts about them today. These verses are about the wonder of togetherness. We may apply it to either a marriage relationship or the strength of togetherness within a body of believers. The writer tells us that two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If you are close to me in age, you may have been raised in a home where traditional roles were well-defined. The husband did certain things and the wife did others. As more women went into the work-force, the roles needed to be adjusted and tweaked just a bit. With both Jane and I teaching school and three children in the mix, I learned to do things that didn't seem "traditional." I became proficient with doing the laundry, vacuuming, and a task that I actually enjoyed, cooking some evening meals. Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. A contrast is shown between those who are alone (V 8) and without a companion, and those who have the joy of a warm companionship.

This companionship can be extended to the warmth within a body of believers. The warmth illustrated by the shared body heat of two people together, can be applied to those who share a common faith and are willing to share it with those close to them. It is a "soul warming." Resisting temptations, though a personal thing, can be aided by the knowledge that those close to us are exposed to the same temptations and we can draw strength....vis-a-vis, warmth from them. "If one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him" (V 12). One of our favorite things to do when we go to New York City, is to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I marvel at it's strength considering that it was built with late 19th century technology. The beautifully patterned cables are so strong because they are many fine strands of steel woven tightly together. "A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart" (V 12). Christians who associate with strong Christian friends become this cord of great strength and durability. Their combined strength provides support, love and comfort to each one in the cord. It beats isolation all the time...

Have a great start to your week...Start it with a RAK... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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