Two are better than one,
because they have a good reward for their toil.
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.
Again, if two lie together, they keep warm;
but how can one keep warm alone?
And though one might prevail against another,
two will withstand one.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
A heart-warming photo like this fills me with hope as I think of our younger generation leading us into an even brighter future and the idealism of our children helping us create a better world. A photo like this also reminds me of our basic and essential need for companionship as we journey down the road of life.I think it's interesting that in the very beginning of the Bible, at each step of the way when the world was created, God pronounced that everything was "good." But then once Adam was created, there's a startling change: something is NOT good - "It is not good that the man should be alone" (Genesis 2:18). This was before "the Fall" - before sin had entered the world. Adam was not yet complete - he needed a companion ... he needed community. So, according to the Bible, the first problem in the world was not "sin" ... but "solitude."Sadly, it can be a very lonely world out there. And if "sheltering in place" has taught us anything it's that we need to be connected to others, ... we need companionship, ... we need community. As we journey down the road of life, we need friends who not only share our likes & dislikes and our interests, but "true friends" who also share a sense of mutual caring and concern, who desire to see each other grow and develop, who hope for each other to succeed in all aspects of life. Yes, "true friendship" involves action - doing something for someone else while expecting nothing in return, ... sharing thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or negative criticism, ... challenging, supporting, and encouraging one another as you journey through life together.And what better place for that to happen than within a church community? Because, I believe when this often lonely world sees churches filled with friendships (imperfect friendships, to be sure, but relationships founded on true repentance and forgiveness and genuine concern and interest), then they will know that something special (something "holy") is going on there. As Jesus said, "by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).I pray that it may be so for St. David's.
-- Pastor Micah
In this spirit, I'm inviting you to take part in our:
St. David's"Lip-Sync"Video Challenge