We were reminded the other day of a lesson in our small group from church quite some time ago. We had a worship service in the living room. This small group consisted of three families (heh, 20+ kids). The verses we read from spoke to the idea of strength in numbers.
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!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
We meditated on these verses. They related to people (perhaps children) playing outside and hurting themselves. Was there really no one to help? Our littler kids related to cold winter nights or evenings camping. Had any of them never had a sibling to cuddle up with? They related to bullying and teasing. Had they ever felt no one at home to retreat to?
The children in our small group discussion didn’t know what it was like to be alone. They are a cord of 20+ strands. They will grow up knowing an unbreakable strength in their family that many families seldom experience. This meditation was understood by even the 4-year-olds.
Point taken: there is strength in numbers. Families included. Still, opinions are common that too many kids will leave a child unattended or neglected. It’s so not the case in our house. It’s hard to imagine this to be true in any large family.
There is hardly an unattended moment, and if Mom and Dad aren’t there for a child, a sibling is close at hand. How can anyone fathom that our children are alone? We see strength in this kind of security, in these numbers.