Alone we are strong, but together we are stronger.
There is strength in community. When sisters gather together, to share like-mindedness, struggling hearts and messy lives, I no longer see my weaknesses, but I see my strengths. The strengths I have to offer to others, and the strengths that are made evident through the love and encouragement of sisters.
Individually, I would like to think of myself as a strong person. I’ve managed well in the face of defeat, in loss, and hardship. But I will be the first one to tell you that I am not strong, not in and of myself, for apart from Him I can do no good thing.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT)
In Him I am strong, but I’m even stronger when I rally together with sisters in Christ. For when two or three are gathered together in His Name, He is there.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:2o)
This does not mean that He’s not with me when I am alone; it just means that there’s even more strength when friends are together. His strength in you, His strength in her, His strength in me . It equals perfect strength.
Sometimes I shrink back from my sisters, not wanting to impose upon them with my issues. I know full well that their plates are full and they are dealing with their own stuff. So I keep my things to myself, asking the Lord to give me His strength to continue to carry the pain, the disappointment, the problems. And then the sister calls me, or sends a text, or posts a Facebook status and I find out she’s experiencing something similar. And I am reminded that we are not called to walk this journey alone.
I am so thankful for my sisters in Christ, both in the natural and through blogging. I have sensed your love and your encouragement, and your prayers have strengthened my heart.
Alone, we are strong, but together we are stronger.