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So What is it That Really Holds Us Together? – Ecc 4:9-12, Col 1:15-20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Friday, 19 May 2017 11:05


What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s day! It started with a homemade breakfast of scrambled eggs, waffles, muffins, and fruit; followed by a meaningful time of worship and communion. We had the privilege of having Dr. Paul Stevens as our guest speaker and he shared from a very familiar passage from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12,


9 Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,

one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


From this passage, we see that there is synergy, sustaining help, comfort, and security. What is that third strand and what does it represent?



First, it means the marriage covenant with Christ at the center.

In a Christian marriage, in fact, three are married; and the united loyalty of the two toward the third, who is God, keeps the two in active unity with each other as well as with God.  (Alexander Schmemann, Seven Days of Faith)


Second, it means that Christ holds all relationships together.

Here we are, you and me, (to his friend) with Christ in our midst. (Aelrid of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship)


Thirdly, it could mean that the addition of a child to a couple in which the child becomes the additional bond between the man and woman.


All of the above are so appropriate as we reflect on our mothers, how we’ve been mothered, and how we have been formed in this most basic of all human relationship.


Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Friday, 19 May 2017 11:15