"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up."
(Ecclesiastes 4: 9 & 10)
We live in a culture where individualism is seen as the key to success and power. As mothers in today's world, we are encouraged to teach our children to be independent--to strive to "get first place" and to "be number one." We live in a society in which everyone is self-consumed, and always concerned with "getting ahead." The interesting contradiction here is that nothing is seen as more devastating in life than to be alone and unloved. The truth is God created us for companionship--it goes back to the Garden of Eden. All of us desire deep, meaningful friendships. And, when we feel truly valued and respected by our friends, it seems to inspire us to "be our best." Perhaps that is why wise King Solomon wrote in the above-mentioned verses: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can pick him up."
God has given us many gifts in this life. As Christian wives and mothers, I think we agree that the friendship and support of other Christian women is one of the great gifts that God has given to all of us. Although the female friendships in Scripture are not explained in great detail, several women of the Bible display qualities that we can be inspired to cultivate and exhibit in our own lives. The loyalty of Ruth; the devotion of Hannah; the wisdom of Deborah; the trust and love of Mary Magdalene. All of these women possessed traits that, on their own, were ordinary. Yet, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God used these women to do extraordinary things in the lives of their neighbor. Much like He uses us to be a friend to those in need, and blesses us with friends when we need them the most.
We live in a world that is self-seeking, but may we seek to do God's will and share His love and grace in the lives of those we call friends. Our loving, Heavenly Father promises that His "grace is sufficient" for us. Part of His grace is given to us through the special friends He has placed in our lives to help us get through past pains, current struggles, and the uncertainty of the future. May all of us strive to be more like the inspirational examples God has provided for us in His Word. Continue to rejoice and take comfort in the wonderful godly women our Savior has placed in our lives--whether it be family, women from church, or lovely ladies who share their faith through blogs such as "Growing His Kids!"
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for surrounding us with the "sisters in Christ" we need to support us in the work you have called us to do. Forgive us when we fail You and those we love. May we daily look to Your Word for guidance and comfort in all we do. In Christ's name~Amen.