If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NLT)
My family and I have a tradition that dates back a couple of decades. On the night of Thanksgiving, to welcome in the Christmas season, we watch the movie Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase. If you’ve never seen it, here’s a quick recap. The Griswold family is your typical American family. It has two parents, two teens, they live in a suburban neighborhood outside of Chicago. The father, Clark, absolutely loves Christmas. So, he invests a ton of his time putting lights on the house, setting up decorations, etc. Then, the extended family decides to join them at their house for Christmas. These people put the “fun” in dysfunctional. Everything goes awry. The Christmas tree burns up. The house is wrecked by a rottweiler dog chasing a squirrel around their abode. Basically everything that could go wrong goes wrong. So, on Christmas Eve, all of the extended family tries to leave to go home. Clark, by this time, is stressed beyond containment and, when he finds out everyone is trying to evacuate the disaster, he shouts out one of the most famous lines of the movie. “You can’t leave! We’re all in this together!” Even though everything was falling apart, Clark still wanted everyone to hang in and support each other through it.
Oddly enough, a comedic movie captures one of the strongest components to belonging to a church family: strength in numbers. As members of the church, we are supposed to support one another, both in our spiritual walk, and when life gets difficult in general. This isn’t the job of just the pastor or church staff. Rather, it’s the entire body looking after one another. Indeed, we’re “all in this together.” In fact, King Solomon, who was a pretty wise dude, captures this sentiment in our verse today, “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
So, as members of the family of God, His church, seek to support each other. Reach out to those who are struggling in their faith, pray with them, support them. Help those who are having a rough patch in life through hospitality, and other means of support. This is truly a major part of who we are to be as the church.