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March 25, 2020 Stranding Together - Georgie Cherry

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)


Reflection


I have often found myself pondering ideas as we plan our daughter‘s wedding. We were looking for something other than the typical unity candle because you know, “that’s so 80’s mom.” Then I came across this scripture on a board with 3 cords attached to it. It read, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”


Our governing bodies are asking us to strand alone. Even The Gospel Coalition website quotes Gerardo Chowell of Georgia State University saying, “Every single reduction in the number of contacts you have per day with relatives, with friends, coworkers, in school will have a significant impact on the ability of the virus to spread in the population.”


It is so fitting for the times we are in isn’t it? Being asked to strand alone. In this time of heavy encouragement to practice social distancing, we need each other the most. Spiritual closeness. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a spiritual virus were to spread among us? A good return on church workday when we all pitch in. A blessing received, because when one of us falls the rest of us know, care and reach out. Knowing that we cannot be overpowered, because we are not stranding alone. We are strands braided closely together. Spiritual distancing should not exist. It should not even be a thing. We were not created to strand alone. If we strand together, you, me, and He, we will not quickly be broken. 


Who are you intertwined with?


Are you trying to go it alone?


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