Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Two are better than one

"Two are better than one"  bound us together at our wedding ceremony.
May 30, 2012
by sherry
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor 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. 
 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 (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)"

This scripture was the main focus of our wedding ceremony.  We invited Jesus Christ into our marriage making it a three fold cord- we truly believe it's not easily broken. There's a lot I can say about this scripture and how we have centered our marriage around it but I mainly want to share one portion of it; "if two lie down together, they will keep warm, But how can one keep warm alone?".

Yesterday was a strange day for Terence. I'm not even sure what all he did, but I'm sure it wasn't much because I am sure I would know it.  I think his body was fighting inside as it usually is but yesterday seemed to be different.  

By the time I started to get him ready for bed, (evening meds/nightly dressing changes/flushing his  tubes, helping him shower), he became chilled.  I couldn't get him dressed and covered quick enough before he went into some sort of shock.  He started to shake and his teeth chattered, unable to regulate his own body temperature.

I threw everything that was in my hands to the floor and quickly moved him to his recliner (where he  sleeps... he can no longer sleep in our bed and he is not ready for a hospital bed to move into our living room), I threw piles of blankets on him then ran and turned the heater on but he was still unable to get his body temperature under control.  He kept stuttering "I can't.....get.....warm......".  I carefully worked my arms and upper portion of my body under the blankets (not wanting to tug on any tubes) and held my body close to his. This wasn't very easy; I had to lean way over the arm of his chair  and remained in a squat for about 40 minutes (talk about burning thighs).  He finally began to warm up and eventually fell asleep. 

One never realizes that the words and promises they make may be called upon. When I said these words to Terence so many years ago I did not envision this.  Terence has always been there to help me up when I have fallen.  Together we have faced many adversities but never warmth for survival.

Two are better than one.



  1. Sherry,
    Your commiment to your husbnad is exemplary and certanity (unfortunately) not the "norm" in the society we live in. I know Jesus' love and and unfailing commitment to us is part of what drives you as well as being true to your Terence. Way to go! May the Lord give you a supernatural strength during this very difficult season in your lives and grant you the peace you both need each day. We're praying for you both!

    FYI: We will be in Seattle on Aug. 24. I'm not sure how close you live to Seattle, but would love to meet you wonderful people if all is well for all of us!


    Rich and Robin Johnson

    1. Thank you Rich-

      As Terence and I follow your and Robins' journey via your blog
      we pray for you two also. I can relate to the emotional waves you journal in regards to feeling helpless for Robin. We pray for your well being in your battle against cancer too.

      Yes- we would LOVE to meet you face to face and pray together,that would be an honor. Let's stay in touch as time gets closer.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. Love,