“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to life him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
In an earlier blog, I wrote about how God did not create us to be alone. When I think back over my life, I see how it has been enriched by the love of others.
What would my life be like without my siblings, with whom I remember my childhood, and who helped to care for my mom in her old age? Or without my mother who read to me, my grandmother who cooked the best dinners ever, my grandfather who taught me I was smart enough to become whatever I wanted to be?
What would my life be like if I had not had my husband to help with all the child rearing chores, to support me and cheer me on when I wanted to go to school, try a new job, or learn a new skill? Who stuck with me through all the good and bad times of life?
What would my life be life without the many friends, who over the years, saw talents and abilities in me that I didn’t even realize I had? Who encouraged me to be a leader, to grow spiritually, and (most recently) to start this blog?
Where would I be without God in my life? To comfort, to guide, to provide, to accept me with all my quirks? To be a father whenever my earthly parents failed me?
Storge, eros, philia, agape, we need all those loves. Life is definitely better when we live it with others.