Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 has been a favorite for weddings. 37 years ago, I wrote these lyrics and my sister composed the music and sang it at our wedding.
As these two enter into one
may they know that strengthened and bonded in Thee
They become one far greater than two could ever be.
For with God as the CENTER of their life and love
They are one cord of three strands,
A cord which is not broken easily.
They are one cord of three strands.
Hand in hand they’ll walk life’s path together
With faith as their light
And God as their guide.
Help them, Oh Lord, to become
What You want them to be
Empowered by Your Holy Spirit.
Where there is darkness
May they be the rays of Your loving Son
Banishing the gloom of lonely lives.
May Your great love flood their lives,
Only to flow over and channel Your grace
To those they touch.
May they continue to draw closer to You, Lord,
Growing more strong and fruitful
As their roots sink down in You,
In You as their one foundation.
May their love grow like the tree
Planted beside the water,
Fuller, stronger and more beautiful
Day by day.
~Pam Larson, Lyrics
~Cindy Nelson, Music