Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts.
For if either falls, his companion can lift him up;
but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.
The #FiveMinuteFriday word for today is together. When I think about getting together with friends or family I am glad to know that love holds us together. There are so many differing views these days that it can be hard to find unity even within families. But as the Ecclesiastes passage shows us, we are still better together than alone. Whether we agree or disagree theologically, politically, socially, or in any other way. is beside the point. We were made for community and we need each other.
As I was contemplating what I could write about the word, together, a poem began taking shape in my mind. So, I looked at the time, made a mental note of when five minutes would be up and began to write. This is the result:
Even when we disagree?
But what if we fight?
We can hear each other out
Always let love win
I don’t understand
What if we’re on different sides?
That shouldn’t matter
Then what does matter?
To love without conditions
Seek truth together
But won’t that be hard?
Yes, it surely will be hard
But we won’t give up
THROUGH THE YEARS
My husband and I have been together for a long time. In fact, our 48th anniversary is coming up on September 14. Sometimes it seems like it has been a very long time. Other times it seems like just a short time. We have certainly been through a lot together, and times have not always been easy. Yet, we are blessed even in the hard times.
We have raised 7 kids, and we have 14 beautiful grandchildren. It’s been a long time since we’ve all been together at once, but we do keep in touch. Some we see more than other, but we love them all very much. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but our love is strong and love always wins.
What has kept us together all these years? Well, of course we love each other, but it’s more than that. Before we married, we both agreed that we would try to put God first in our marriage. With God’s help we have worked through problems and are continuing to grow in our relationship. The Bible is our guidebook, but it’s not just any old book. It is the Word of God, living and powerful, and we could not do without it in our lives.
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword,
penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow.
It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
(I wrote the poem in five minutes, but the rest I added later).