It's Better Together

September 3, 2015
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Mark 6:7 – And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits. (ESV)

I was once asked to take a leadership position in the housing co-operative where I live. I was worried that it would be too much for me. A friend offered to share the job. Having someone to talk things over with and to share the work took away all the stress.

Isn't it interesting how the difficult journeys in life become easier when we have someone to go with us? It's easier to complete a challenging task when there is someone working with us. A scary visit to the hospital for a test is easier when there is someone to hold our hand. I think that's why Jesus sent the disciples out two by two, not all alone. They went with a companion.

So when we are asked to take on a heavy responsibility, either at work or in the church, why not look around for someone to share the load? It's also good to keep an eye open for a friend who needs a hand with a task, or needs someone to walk with them when they are facing a challenge in life.

Of course, in those times when there is no other person to go with us, we always have a friend and companion in our Lord and Saviour Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be ready to help others, and to be a companion when their journeys are hard. Please bring people into our lives when we need a helping hand. Thank You for being a loving companion throughout our lives. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    So true Richard.

    Very good. Please write again.

    Thanks for the reminder-two together is better!

    How true! Thank you for this encouraging message. It reminded me of Ecclesiastes 4:11-12.

    Your devotional is a good reminder to us all. Thanks, Richard.

    Thanks Richard – Good lesson for today – Ecclesiastes 4:12 – Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

    Hello Richard
    I appreciate your devotional today.

    Hi Richard,
    Thanks for the insight. It never occurred to me that sending the disciples out in two’s was for companionship.

    How true Richard, how true, how true, to be reminded that our Lord is always walking beside us when human assistance is not available by reason of circumstance or intent. Thank you Rich, again, Thank you.

    Dear Richard,
    Thanks for writing a great devotional. You know, I remember when I used to do church visitation: we did just what you were talking about; we went two by two — it was easier with a companion.
    May God richly bless you.
    (California, USA)

    Dear Richard,
    Your devotional came just at the time I’ve needed it. Your second paragraph was a “coincidence” in that I received a phone call from a close Christian niece of mine that she will take me for a scary test soon. I feel so much better. This is a follow up from when I was briefly hospitalized and released with the condition that I would be tested again in ten months. I may be hospitalized for surgery so having my friend/niece with me is very comforting. I know the Lord has arranged this companionship for me and your devotional is part of his loving care for me. For me, it was not a coincidence.
    Thank you so much and God continue to use your ministry to us all,

    What a beautiful, inspirational article you have written, dear Richard.
    It reminds me of a story of two children, a boy and a girl, were playing in the sand. They were hard at work building an elaborate sandcastle by the water’s edge with gates and towers and moats and internal passages. Just when they had nearly finished their project, a big wave came along and knocked it down, reducing it to a heap of wet sand. The did not burst into tears, devastated by what had happened to all their hard work. Instead, they ran up the shore away from the water, laughing and holding hands, and sat down to build another castle.
    All the things in our lives and all the complicated structures we spend so much time and energy creating are built on the sand. Only our relationships to other people endure. Sooner or later, the wave will come along and knock down what we have worked so hard to build up. When that happens, only the person who has somebody’s hand to hold will be able to laugh.
    (Saudi Arabia)

    Richard Firth,
    Thank you for passing on the excellent advice from our Lord who sent his disciples out two by two.
    I appreciated the way you brought out the truth.
    Keep writing.

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