We all fall down – Inspiring Women Everyday Daily Devotional written for 11th September 2019
Ecclesiastes 3:16-22; 4:1-12 – ‘Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken’ (4:12)
Message (Daily Devotional)
Not long ago, I went to the funeral of my friend, Fiona. Her husband, a Baptist minister, did everything himself – no mean feat when it’s your wife you’re saying farewell to. Richard preached one of the most powerful messages I’ve ever heard at a committal service.
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He told us that he met Fiona at a Christmas party at university and offered to walk her home. When they came out of the hotel, it was snowing and, exiting the revolving doors in his shiny shoes, he slid on the ice and landed at her feet.
Convulsing with laughter, Fiona helped him up. Then he shared how they had been helping each other up ever since, through the battles and blessings of life – family, ministry, relocation, work and illness.
Now, he said, as tears coursed down our faces, he was fufilling her request to help her up for the last time – to that eternal dwelling place promised to all who love Jesus.
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Richard used part of this passage as his text, specifically verses 9-12, referring to the cord of three strands, which believers often use to acknowledge God’s essential presence in their marriages.
But these verses could refer to any relationship, between parents and children, co-workers, neighbours and friends. ‘But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up’ (4:10).
There is nothing more worthy of compassion, says the writer of Ecclesiastes, than the loneliness of a person who has no one to help them when they fall. Whatever season of life you’re in, those who love you want to help you celebrate the blessings and fight the battles.
Are you willing to stand with anyone who celebrates and fights alone?
For Prayer and Reflection (We all fall down)
Father, thank You for the blessing of all those who love and help me, in good times and bad. Please show me how I can support someone who might otherwise have to stand alone. Amen.