I have always known that relationships are important. However, Robert Hall put it into a whole new perspective for me when he said at the VALS Conference April 24, 2014 “People do not become homeless when they lose their last dollar, but when the use their last relationship”. The impact that relationships play in all aspects of our lives was also represented in many of the case studies that my fellow cohorts presented at our final presentations for LED 510. The Bible says that:
“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, ESV).
Relationships are the physical, emotional, and spiritual process that God created to accomplish His mission here on earth. The crumbling of the importance of relationships, and the skills to create and maintain them, is having a significant effect on our country. Hall writes that:
“Today, unprecedented unraveling of these relationships is destroying us. At home, at work, in politics, and in faith, a culminating and compounding loss that has collectively retarded our growth and development and injured us in ways both known and repressed (2012, p. 3).
This broadened and practical perspective on relationships has me intrigued and I look forward to reading This Land of Strangers to dig deeper into it.
Hall, R. (2012). This land of strangers. Austin TX: Greenleaf Book Group.
Hall, Robert E. (2014, April 24). This land of strangers: The relationship crisis that imperils home, work, politics and faith. Presented at the VALS Conference hosted by Colorado Christian University, Denver, CO.