Episode ThemeJustice-Seeking: The importance of having and being a friend.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
What would you do? If you heard that a bully was planning to hurt someone, what would you do about it?
You options could include:
- pretending you don't know anything.
- facing the bully yourself.
- telling someone else.
- facing the bully with others.
What if a friend who also heard about the bully's plan came to you. Your friend tells you that you are the best person to stop the bully. Now what would you do? You still have the same options, but now a friend is asking you to do something to stop the bully. Which option would you choose now?
Queen Esther had this very problem. She heard about a bully's plans to hurt a lot of Jews. Queen Esther was a Jewish woman. What did she choose to do? At first, she said that there was nothing she could do to stop the bully. Then her uncle came to her and told her that she was the only one who could stop the bully. The only one!
This time Queen Esther chose another option. She asked all of the Jews who lived in her country to pray for her for three whole days. Then she bravely went and stopped the bully all by herself. Except she wasn't alone. She was armed with the prayers of many friends.
Someday, you may also face a bully just like Queen Esther did. You will have the same decision to make about what to do. Follow Queen Esther's example. Get friends to pray for you. Surround yourself with friends before you deal with the bully. As Christians, we may never let a bully hurt others. But we never have to face a bully alone. That's what friends are for.