Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 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.
As King Solomon reflects on life he says two people are better off together than one. He says if one falls into trouble then the other person can reach out for help. Two people can assist each other in ways one person cannot. Then Solomon says, three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. In other words, the bond of two can be strong, but it can be even stronger when God is included as a part of their life.
The March of the Penguins is a documentary film on the breeding season of the emperor penguins of the Antarctica. At five years and older the penguins leave the ocean and walk inland to their breeding grounds, an area chosen for it’s protection and firm solid ice. The penguins will walk 70 miles to reach their destination. Once there they select a mate for the breeding season. The female will lay an egg which she transfers it to the feet of the male, where he will protect and keep the egg warm. The female then returns to the ocean to eat, having lost a third of her body weight. She has not eaten for two months so this is her time to eat for herself and for the chick. The mother returns and now the father heads to the sea so he may also eat. The mother shares food with the chick and bonds with the young one. The father returns to watch over the chick as the mother once again goes on the search for food. The parents take turns watching over the chick, going to get food from the sea and bring it back to feed the young bird. The young birds depend on the two parents, but unfortunately at times a parent is lost on the long journey from the sea. The chick is then left alone, depending on the return of one parent. Nature recognizes two together can make a difference in the life of another. And the Bible tells us that including God makes us even stronger in the things we can do. Pray your relationships with others will be strong. Pray for marriages that couples may become stronger in the grace of the Lord. Pray for unity in families knowing that God wants peace and for each to draw on the others strength.