Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dear Linwood Family and Friends,

I learned something very interesting a few days ago.  It’s a long story, but here is the quick version.

We have a Treehouse in our woods.  Three years ago we added a zip line.  Last year I helped the grandkids build a swinging bridge from the Treehouse to a platform 40’ away.  One rope railing was constructed before the end of the season.  This year I decided to add the second.  I was dismayed to find that the 1-1/2” diameter rope that I had purchased over a year ago to form the top of the railing was about 8 feet short.  I returned to Samsel Co. (a unique company in the Flats of Cleveland that serves the Great Lakes shipping industry and the only place you can get 1-1/2” rope) and told them my problem.  The solution was to add 10’ of rope to my existing piece.  “How do I do that?”  “Weave them together,” was the answer.   They proceeded to give me a lesson in rope weaving.

Do you know that most all rope is made up of three smaller strands (which in turn are made of 3 smaller strands and so forth)?

Thus it is possible to unweave a length of rope on each piece (in this case about 18”) and weave the ropes together, making a connection that as strong as the original!  I must confess that when I went home and engaged in about two hours of rope weaving, my connection did not look as good as their’s, but does seem really strong.

So what is the point?

In Ecclesiastes we read:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.  Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?  And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one.  A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Our focus this season at Linwood is on “Faith, Family, and Friendship.”   The quote from Ecclesiastes is about friendship.  It also applies to marriage.  I have often said that marriage is a triangle in which a man, a woman, and the Lord are covenant partners.  However, I would have to say that the better analogy is one of a triple braided rope.  Two have some real advantages over one – productivity, protection, help in times of trouble.  However, even stronger than two is three – especially when the Lord is the third partner in the relationship!

I am excited to share with you a project that I have been working on over the winter.  Inspired by the “Faith, Family, and Fellowship” theme, I have been working on a “Faith and Family” blog that is now called “The Family Tailor.”  The tagline for the blog is “Families Seeking to Live Out God’s Purposes.”  As I usually do with various projects, I have enlisted the assistance of several friends, including Carolyn Reed of Linwood.  The purpose of the blog is to engage in conversations that seek practical ways for us to make choices and decisions in our families that reflect the principles an guidance of the Scriptures. About each week a new blog will be posted and readers (hopefully including you!) will be encouraged to add comments, questions, and observations.

You can access the blog through the Linwood website.  Go to, click on “Christian Life,” and then click on “Faith & Family Blog.”  Or, simply go to  I would encourage you to take a look and see if this is something that could be useful for you.   And, if you like it, let your friends know about it as well.

Looking forward to a great 4th of July celebration and especially the Linwood parade!

Blessings in Christ,
Hu Auburn, Linwood Park Pastor

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