Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
I spent the weekend with some friends. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? You are probably thinking “so what…so did I”. I know. Who would brag about something as simple as spending the weekend with some friends? For the statement to make sense, you would have to understand what an absolute gift this is for me. When you are broken, you keep yourself far from friends. You don’t want them to know your secrets. You don’t want them close enough to find out who you think you are, fearing that they might hurt you in their leaving, in their cruel words, in their shunning of you. You never give them a chance to do those things. You just build up the entire scenario in your mind, complete with it’s unhappy ending, leaving yourself standing, cold and alone, mired in a quagmire of your own making.
Scripture from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. & Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.