A while back, I was working outside in my backyard moving some boxes and furniture inside my storage shed. There was an old Cedar Chest that I had in storage which belonged to my mom. It was not in good shape but I had wanted to save it since it belonged to her. The lid of the chest was coming loose from the hinges so I had tied some rope around the lid of the chest to keep it secure. I didn’t realize how well I had secured it with the rope because even though a couple of strands of the rope had snapped, the lid was still held securely by the one remaining strand of the rope. Without all 3 strands of the rope, the lid would have been damaged further.
Recently, I have been reminded of the strength of family and friends. While each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, it’s comforting to know that we can all lean on each other during times of need. As Family, we all learn to help each other and provide support to others that may need uplifting at a particular time or during a particular situation.
The same is true with our Christian brothers and sisters. We’re all part of the body of Christ and, just like with our earthly families, we should all remember that when one of us is hurt, we’re all hurt. When one of us is down, we’re all down. But, as family and as Christians, each of us is witness to God’s majesty in blending each of our talents; personalities; abilities; and gifts into an unbreakable bond, a three cord rope that can’t easily be broken.
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)