When Two Friends Walk Together

When two friends walk together,
When two friends walk together,
When two friends walk together and one falls,
The other helps him up.

But when someone walks alone,
When someone walks alone,
When someone walks alone and he falls down,
There’s no one to help him up.

If a rope has several strands,
If a rope has several strands,
If a rope has several strands and one strand breaks,
The others will hold fast.

When two friends walk together,
When two friends walk together,
When two friends walk together and one falls,
The other helps him up.

About This Song:
I always associate this song with my father. The week he died, he fell in the bathroom and wasn’t able to get up. My mother couldn’t lift him. She called me and I rushed over from work, but he was too heavy for me as well. So we called the paramedics, who had no problem putting him on a stretcher and carrying him to the hospital.

The song–like many of mine–is based on Scripture. In this case, it’s Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. . .

9 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
(NIV)

Yet this song isn’t necessarily a Christian song–or even a religious one. The truths expressed in this passage don’t appear on the surface to have anything to do with faith or God.

Yet it’s a very Christian song to me. I think it demonstrates the ultimate in Christian unity and fellowship: any Christian helping a brother or sister up when he or she is down and a church as the body of Christ not being broken by the failure of one weak member.

Rather than saying that a church is only as strong as its weakest member, I consider it to be as strong as all of its unbroken members. What a difference!

So it’s not surprising that I would view the second stanza as a sad reminder of the hopelessness of people who aren’t part of a church fellowship and have no one to depend on. Therefore it’s ultimately a call to be on the lookout for the fallen who may not even be part of the church fellowship–and to be willing to help. Willingly. And without counting the cost.

I feel certain that–in the context of biblical history–verse 11 doesn’t have any sexual implications. But I preferred not to use it rather than chance having someone snicker when they heard it.

Is there a time in your life when you’ve depended on someone close to you to lift you up? How about sharing a comment?

~*~

Links you might be interested in:

I’ll be back again next Wednesday.

Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to write Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, church praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger’s young adult novels, Found in Translation and Lost in Dreams, came out in 2011. The Devil and Pastor Gus just came out, and he has eight unpublished manuscripts.
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