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January 15, 2020

Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (https://bit.ly/36IlTuU)

Today’s nylon ropes are less likely to fray and break. When Ecclesiastes was written, ropes were made of natural fibers, usually hemp, flax, or reeds. Tough strong, a single strand can be broken by hand. A storm at sea would snap them. Pulling individual strands together wouldn’t make them any stronger, though; they needed to be twisted. Up until the Industrial Age just two hundred years ago, ropes for ships were made in a building called a rope walk, which was as long as the rope itself needed to be, and men would walk and twist the strands together for perhaps a mile. They needed one continuous length because any place a knot is tied can be broken. It’s weaker than the rest. Our lives are like these ropes. One strand by itself is easily broken. We need friends who will walk along the miles with us to make us stronger.

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