Reading about that man’s experience on the New Jersey jetty made me think about a favorite Bible passage from Ecclesiastes: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Most birders like to go out with a friend because it’s just more fun that way. You always see more birds when you are with a friend because two sets of eyes are better than one. Or as Ecclesiastes says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work.” But that business about falling down and your friend lifting you up…that is the real blessing of friendship. It is not just literal falling down that we’re talking about, either. How about when you are depressed, lonely and confused? Those are the times when friends are truly important. Think about those people in your life who are truly your friends. Do any of them need lifting up today? Go see them, give them a call, or write them an email. Tell them you were thinking about them. Then read them the passage from Ecclesiastes, and tell them the story of the man on the jetty in New Jersey.