Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – 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 woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? Though an assailant might prevail against one who is alone, two can withstand him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
How profoundly thankful we need to be for those with whom God has connected us in this way, whether spouse, family member, good friend. Likely we feel this deeply during the present coronavirus crisis. These persons are precious gifts to us from God, as are we to them. Hopefully we regard and treat each other as such.
But there are certainly many all around us who are going through this season of household isolation alone. They live alone, and now, closed off from any in-person social interaction outside of their homes and dealing with all the pressures of this pandemic, they are likely feeling very alone.
Jesus has promised all who belong to Him that He “will never leave nor forsake” us (Hebrews 13:5), so in Him we are never alone. But He most often manifests His presence, love, comfort and help to us through one another. After all, any genuine love, along with all of its attributes, which we give or receive is His love (1John 4:7; 1Corinthians 13:4-8; Romans 13:10). And anything good we can give or receive “is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17). Jesus has His nail-and-spear-pierced, resurrected physical body in heaven, and we are His physical body on earth (Romans 12:5; 1Corinthians 12:12,27; Ephesians 5:30). May we be open channels, “useful the Master, ready for every good work” (2Timothy 2:20-21)!
Express your thanks today, both to God and those “two are better than one” special persons with whom He has connected you.
Reach out today with an expression of love and encouragement to someone going through this pandemic alone.