Date: Friday, April 4
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Verse: And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
A couple of summers ago, I rode my motorcycle across the Royal Gorge Bridge, not an easy tasks for someone who is afraid of heights. Royal Gorge Bridge is 955 feet above the Arkansas River, which made it the highest bridge in the world from the time of its construction in 1929 until it was surpassed in 2001. To top it off, it is a suspension bridge, meaning it is help up between the pillars at either end of the gorge by cables – something that makes sense, but makes me nervous at the same time.
If you have ever seen a cross-section of a cable holding up a suspension bridge, you will note it is made up of hundreds of much smaller strands of wire. The same is true of a rope. It is not one piece of material, but many strands woven together. No one of those smaller strands would be strong enough to hold up a bridge, or tow a car on its own. but when they are twisted and woven together, their strength is multiplied.
Today’s scripture reading builds off this imagery to help us understand the need live our lives in community. Alone we are vulnerable and weak, but when we come together, we can do things no one of us could do on our own. We need to surround ourselves with good, deep friendships. When we do, we will be stronger to withstand whatever difficulty the world may bring our way, than we ever would be on our own.
Prayer: Thank you God, for those you have put in my life who make me stronger. Amen.
Action: Take note of things you see today which bring together smaller, weaker materials to make something strong.
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