“A CORD OF THREE STRANDS is not easily broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:12 is the Bible verse that comes to mind when I think of my three grown sons. Though living in separate states hundreds of miles away, they have a bond that cannot be easily broken.
I can say that it wasn’t always like that; especially, when they were little. With three boys, one was always getting left out or ganged up on. Temper tantrums, hurt feelings, and persistent taunting were all in a day’s work. Their dad used to say, “I want our boys to be close. To depend on each other. Do things together. Be there for each other.” Little did we know, our divorce would be the driving force behind their love for each other today.
Bound together by adversity, our boys grew strong. They turned to each other for support, and their love for each other took precedence over any other agenda. When they needed each other, a phone call or visit was all it took. Sure, teasing and taunting still take place when they get together. And every now and then, one of them will get mad, or get their feelings hurt. But when all is said and done, they are there for each other. Their love binds them together; a love so strong, it cannot be broken.
The latest in their display of love for each other was the purchase of a Jeep by my youngest son Scott who lives in Austin, Texas. Scott had not bought a car since graduating from college. For the last five to six years, Scott has been driving a work truck with no air conditioning. During summers in Austin, the heat can be sweltering making driving from construction site to construction site miserable. Scott had been looking to purchase a new vehicle when he became aware his brother’s Jeep was for sale.
My middle son Casey had bought the Jeep brand new after he married four years ago. Upon deciding it was time to pay down his college loans, Casey put his Jeep up for sale. When Scott found out, the Jeep became the perfect choice. Not only was he getting a vehicle that had been well taken care of, and he new the previous owner, but most importantly, he was helping his brother pay down his loans. With the Jeep arriving this past Sunday evening, the week of Thanksgiving, both brothers have much to be thankful for.
My oldest son Michael, and his dad, are on their way to Austin to spend Thanksgiving with Scott. Although a sacrifice to his family – being away from his children and wife during the holiday – Michael decided to spend Thanksgiving with his little brother. And even though Casey is not able to physically join them, he in essence will be there in the form of a Jeep.
I am grateful the love my sons share is strong. God has blessed them with much, even through adversity.
I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Focus on God’s love and the many blessings He has given you this past year. Hold tight to His promises. Draw strength from Him. Grasp hold of the love of God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit; a three stranded cord that will never break.
“And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, HCSB)
Prayer: Father, be with those this Thanksgiving who are struggling. Help them feel Your love. Let them draw strength from You during this time. May I remember to always be grateful for what You have given me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.