When you feel weak is the time when you need to be with others. Sometimes, when we’re despairing that someone isn’t paying attention to us, that person might be in the same emotional space, longing for our presence.
Isolation can bring weakness. We are alone, repeatedly visualizing our fears. No one is there to watch our back. Strength—physically and emotionally—comes through common effort and support. Look at how the Amish build barns for new couples starting out life together. We give them some money and tickets for a cruise. “You’re finally on your own. “ No they’re not. They’re in more need of support than ever. Strength comes as we work and look out for each other.
I once did a childrens’ sermon with the illustration of breaking one yellow pencil. Easy for the kids to do that. When I rubber-banded three together, no one I know could break them. So it is in life.
One of the best things we can do for our spiritual and emotional health is make and hold serious friendships. As some friends move far away, or die, it’s even more urgent to make new ones. It’s no mistake that Jesus called twelve initial disciples and, even then, made them pair off together for ministry.
Our faith centers on Jesus, but it’s lived out in a church. And s church is made of of smaller groups of friends who know each other as well as their families. That’s spiritually and emotionally healthy.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.Ecclesiastes 4:22