The Strength of Love

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work. If either should fall, one can pick up the other. But how miserable are those who fall and don’t have a companion to help them up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (CEB)

I was doing a little research for a sermon and came across this article found in an old Readers Digest Magazine and thought I would share it with all of you.

“The giant sequoias of California have very shallow root systems. A tour guide pointed out that their roots extend just barely below the surface. It sounds impossible because we all know trees need deep roots to withstand drought and wind, but sequoias are most unique. They only grow in groves where their roots intertwine and their limbs interconnect with each other. When strong winds blow, they hold each other up”(Readers Digest, May 1989, pg. 48).

God calls us to hold one another up in love. As children of the Almighty, our hearts are intertwined with the heart of God and our lives are interconnected with all our brothers and sisters around the world; for we are all created in the image of the Father. In Psalm 37:23-24, we read, “A person’s steps are made secure by the Lord when they delight in his way. Though they trip up, they won’t be thrown down, because the Lord holds their hand.” You see, just as God holds our hand so we will not fall, we are also to reach out and hold one another up so when the storms of life blow across our way, we will be firmly planted together in the love and truth of Christ.

Just as the great sequoias are unique because of their intertwined roots and interlocking branches, we too are unique, in the way we love, lift, and encourage one another in the faith. God bless you.

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