Not quickly broken,
a cord of three…
eldest, youngest daughter
My oldest daughter received the nickname “Sweet Treat” from a special lady several years ago. I must say that she lives up to this lovely nickname in many ways. Earlier this week, as I tucked her into bed, she said, “Momma, I have something for you!” With her crystal blue eyes shining bright, she flashed me a smile as she hid her hands behind her back.
“What is it?” I curiously asked her.
“I made you something special!” She then held out a colorful, tightly braided bracelet.
“This is for you, Momma. Don’t EVER take it off!”
“Ok, I won’t!” I tied it to my wrist as securely as I could. All week I have pondered this verse from Ecclesiastes-
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Each time I look down at my wrist and see the braid, I am struck that these strands alone are simply just pieces of string… and even two of them would unravel if I tried to twist them into a bracelet. But three…. they weave over and under into the perfect chevron pattern- not quickly broken! Much like the relationship between my daughters and I. Not quickly broken. Because we love each other. Because iron sharpens iron. As I do my best to follow Proverbs 22 and train my girls in the way they should go, God also uses them in the most miraculous ways to teach me. I hold them accountable- and they also keep me accountable. You know kids- they are the first to point out something you should (or should not!) be doing!
And as I sit at the piano, with my cord of three strands around my wrist, I play a simple chord… three notes in perfect harmony. One note alone is hollow sounding, simple, lonely. Two are better than one, but still sounds empty… but the third note makes the chord! Turning something simple into something magnificent! Major to minor, adding color and emotion with a simple note. All equal parts. On their own they are ordinary- but together, they are extraordinary!
The keys of the chord are the keys to our cord- we need harmony in our relationships! What beautiful things we make when we weave our love for one another together! When we encourage one another, and allow our best qualities to ring loud and clear. My girls are as different as night and day, but together- our family creates beautiful harmony. When we work together to accomplish a goal, we are unstoppable! Relationships are hard work, but when we are like-minded, it is truly magnificent! And when the love of Christ flows freely through us, our cord is not quickly broken. We are stronger together than we could ever be apart.
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Philippians 2:2
Lord, thank you for using my daughter’s simple gift to remind me of the special bond we have! May you weave us together in perfect harmony! Help me embrace our differences so that we might create a symphony for You!