Words from the Heart for Thursday June 17th, 2021
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)
Macramé may be best known for its bohemian run in the ’60s and ’70s, but the textile art form of knotting and hitching is believed to have originated in the 13th century and was all the rage in the Victorian era. According to Country Living Canada magazine, “But after a decades-long hiatus, the trendy textile is back in a big way on Pinterest. We’ve spotted macramé plant hangers, macramé wall hangings, macramé curtains, and more. If you’re naturally crafty, some blogs have step-by-step instructions for making your own macramé.
The Bible often speaks about the importance of having someone who comes alongside and supports us in our challenging times. And each of us who love Jesus are called to stand with a brother or sister in Christ who is facing a difficult situation. This has been particularly important during the pandemic, when so many are feeling alone. When we come alongside, reaching out with the love of Jesus, something mysterious takes place. Listen to what Ecclesiastes 4:12 says: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” The final sentence here just seems to pop up out of nowhere. The author of Ecclesiastes has been talking about the strength of two – one helping another who has fallen. Where did the third strand come from? When we serve another follower of Jesus, coming alongside to be the hands and feet of Jesus, we do not do so alone. Jesus is there with us – He is the third strand. He is the One who sends the Holy Spirit who is called the Paraclete, which means “the One who draws alongside.” When you draw alongside, so does He.
These have been words from the heart.