“One of the most effective and enduring military formations in ancient warfare was that of the Greek Phalanx”* This method of fighting involved the soldiers standing in a line, with their shields protecting them, and overlapping the next soldier to protect his vulnerable side – the side with his spear. “The phalanx formation was a close-rank, dense grouping of warriors armed with long spears and interlocking shields.”*
The soldiers not only guarded their own bodies, but that of the neighboring soldier as well. We need each other. This is the reason for this website, and the “A Parent’s Prayer” ministry. The soldiers in battle were familiar with the danger, and knew how to protect themselves, and offer protection to the soldier next to them. We as Christians that have traversed certain paths, in this case, a loved one with an addiction, know what we are all going through. We know things that have worked for us that have helped us cope with the pain, and can offer encouragement to others that are going through similar experiences. We need each other.
The Bible talks about us as Christians being there for each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (esv), and Hebrews 10:23-25 says this, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (esv). In Galations 6:2 we see that we should ” Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (esv). There are many more passages on this subject.
Let’s remember to be there for each other. Even if we don’t understand what our brother or sister is facing, sometimes a listening ear is, in itself, an encouragement.
Be strong, be courageous, and always be an encouragement.
Quintin and Beth
* Quotes taken from ” https://www.ancient.eu/article/110/the-greek-phalanx/