Advent Day 24: Bridge Over Trouble

Have you ever seen those movies that involve a rickety rope and wood bridge that stretch over a deep ravine – usually in the jungle.  Many of the wooden boards are missing, others are rotted, the rope is frayed…but the enemy is hot on the trail so the brave protagonist has no choice but to cross the bridge  The bridge of course breaks when our hero is only half way across.  Amazingly, He or she always manages to survive.

Movies need conflict to keep our attention.  Our lives? Well, conflict seems to be a natural part of them as well.  Part of the song, “Bridge Over Troubles Water” goes like this…

“When you’re weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all)
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down”

Read more: Simon And Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Bridges can be scary, but they can be beautiful.  Bridges close the gap – where once there was an obstacle stopping us from reaching our destination.  I want to introduce Jesus as a bridge — His life and death/resurrection made a way for us to be forgiven, have peace and purpose.  While we will still have troubles in life (I wish I could wrap up our Advent posts with a tidy message about life becoming perfect, but that would be a lie), we don’t have to be the big, bad, brave hero that saves the day all by ourselves.  Reach out to God for support.  He will take you over to the other side.

Romans 3:23-24 MSG “Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

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