Sunday, 4 October 2020

We all need someone

Perhaps one of the most heart-breaking funerals I have ever conducted involved a tiny baby who was left abandoned in the veld. She was found and nursed by a caring community, but she died, only a few days old. We gave her a memorial, but there was no family member at the service - just myself and a bunch of strangers. I am no sure why this story came to mind today, but after reading Ecclesiastes 4:7-10, Solomon's words brought up this memory.

There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—a miserable business! (v.7-8)

Solomon's depression drives him deeper into despair and he wonders why "this man" carried on working so hard for no real purpose. He had no family to leave all his wealth too, which tells us that Solomon is speaking about someone else on this occasion.

He then reminds us that being in a team (even if it's only 2 people) is a blessing. Sharing is a gift and teaches us that we were created for community - we were not meant to 'go it alone.' 

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
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

As we reflect on today's passage do you have someone in your life who is able to help you get through life? Do you have a friend, partner, family member, church friend or colleague who is willing to stand alongside you? 

Remember that Jesus is always there for us, no matter how alone we feel.

Living in Grace

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