Strength in Community

Read Daniel 3: 19-30 The story Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.

And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4: 12 (TLB)

A sure sign of autumn here in the northeastern U.S. is the flight of the Canada geese to the south. Geese instinctively form a perfect "V" formation to decrease wind drag and make their long flight easier. Further, when the leader tires, it drops back to a less-strenuous position allowing one of the other geese to come forward.

Monica A. Andermann, from New York, sees an important lesson here. During our journey on earth, it's difficult to "Take the lead" all the time - and nearly impossible to navigate this life alone. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego supported one another to victory over the edicts of an unfair ruler. Paul had Barnabas and others to lighten his trials. We too can surround ourselves with people with whom we can partner in times of trial and in times of joy. A strong faith community can provide us with people who can ease our burdens, share our joys, and help us reach our highest potential.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, show us how we can help others. Grant us the humility and wisdom to know when to ask for help ourselves, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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