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Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a passage from Ecclesiastes. But I have been reflecting on this book for the past month in my devotions, and do think this section is relevant to our celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
The first two verses tell us about a man without a brother or a son. He is all alone. And after toiling and laboring; working hard and living large, he begins to wonder, “Why”
Solomon then compares this lonely man, with a man who has a partner. A friend who can help each other through difficult times.
However, it is the very last part of verse 12 that tells us why Christmas matters. “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
While we may circle up with friends and family, and find the companion of another. It is when we wrap ourselves with this third cord–Jesus Christ–that we not only survive, but become strong.
How might you be strengthened this Christmas? How can this holiday go deeper than time off from work, and time with family?