2 heads are better than 1!
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 (NRSVA)
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
These last few weeks have exposed something about the society that we live in, panic buying has brought shortages in shops and at its heart runs a selfishness where it seems that many are concerned only for themselves and as long as they have what they need no one else matters!
And yet these verses today show us the importance of sharing, and community, for if we fall down, if we are alone, who is there to help us up?
The English poet John Donne knew this in 1624 when he wrote the phrase “no man is an island”.
Whether we like it or not we are all part of something bigger than ourselves, and we need those around us, just as they also need us.
Reflect on the community that you belong to, or maybe you belong to multiple communities, how does your community look out for one another?
Do you know someone in need today? How might you be the one to help them up?
You know what we need even if we don’t,
And you have placed us within communities and families and circles of friends and colleagues,
May we understand how we are blessed by that,
And may we see today the ways in which we might exist to be a blessing to those around us...
Lord, show us where we might show a little kindness today,
Encourage us to step out of our comfort zone to walk alongside another and share your love with them.
In Jesus name,
The Transforming Community: Every day this week read Hebrews 10: 24-25. After reading those two verses consider what you can do today to spur on others to love and goodness. In these times consider how we can use digital technology to ‘meet’ with people in new ways instead of seeing them in person.