Thursday, March 22, 2012

1 + 1 = Far Better~

Two people are better than one because together they have a good reward for their hard work. If one falls, the other can help his friend get up. But how tragic it is for the one who is all alone when he falls. There is no one to help him get up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

I spotted them the moment I turned the corner and headed down the street. Two elderly ladies, walking along the sidewalk, hand in hand. As my car inched closer, I realized these ladies were sisters: twins to be exact. They had on the same tan-colored pants, the same floral-designed shirts, the same straw hats, and even the exact same sunglasses.

Despite their age, which I would estimate to be in the 90's, they were moving right along. Slow and steady, one foot after the other, smiling and talking as they meandered down the street. Instantly, the scripture passage from Ecclesiastes popped into my mind.

Two are indeed better than one, I thought as I passed them by. I couldn't help thinking that these two elderly ladies might even owe their longevity, in part, to the fact that possibly, they had walked through their entire life together, side by side.

Fast forward to our church staff meeting later that same morning...

With summer approaching, the Pastor led us in a discussion on spiritual rest. As he read a passage of scripture, he asked us to reflect on several questions. One was this:

As you look at your own life, who are the people God has used to bring rest to your spirit?

Instantly, I saw the beautiful face of my sister.

Then, each member of my family came to mind. Then, the faces of dear friends. Surprisingly, I smiled as I thought of the three precious boys God had lovingly brought into my life when He had opened the door for me to leave teaching and serve as their nanny. The two young boys, along with their precious little baby brother, had brought much-needed laughter to my parched soul.

Two are indeed better than one, I thought as precious times with each of these people passed through my mind.

We need each other. God never planned for us to go it alone. We need the support, the encouragement, the helping hand, and the accountability that comes from having another in our life.

What a gift God has given us in each other.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of marriage, the gift of family, the gift of friendship, the gift of children. In each of these relationships we find strength, comfort, acceptance, honesty, and the help we need when we fall down. Thank you for the gift of your son....the ultimate lover of our soul. May we seek to develop each of these relationships to the full, to realize the gift we have in each, and to keep holding on to those you have placed in our life, those who come along side us and walk together with us through this journey of life. Thank you for always being by our side. In Jesus' name, Amen.~

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  1. I am thankful for my family and especially my sister, Stacy. I thank God for you every day! <3

  2. Such a wonderful post! I am thankful for the wonderful man God put in my life and for my wonderful mom...I can tell her anything and have never had a better friend. I love both of them so much! Thank you for sharing this and helping me to see how blessed God has made me :)


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