Bridges

“…between me and you…

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“Go in peace, since both of us have sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, forever.'” (I Samuel 20:42)

“Bridge Closed.”  That’s a sign that can bring tragedy and heart ache to any community.  Long-standing relationships can become strained and compromised when the bridge is out.  I grew up until I was eight years old on the Kentucky side of the Tug River.  If all the bridges had closed we would have been deprived of many of our needs from “town” on the West Virginia side. 

A “bridge closing” is one of the most dangerous things for any relationship.  When communication breaks down and two parties cease talking to one another the result is often catastrophic.  When two parties refuse to talk with each other they begin to objectify the other, seeing them less of a human and more of an “it.”  Once a person becomes an “it” there’s not too long a time before “it” becomes a “target.”  Then “targets” become fair game for fear, hatred, and lots of other ugly feelings. 

In the Old Testament Jonathan pledges that although his father, King Saul, hates David enough to want to kill him, Jonathan will always have peace with David because the Lord will be the bridge between them.  God’s love and mercy can serve as the bridge between us, calling us back to talking with one another when our failings threaten human relationships. 

God’s love calls us to talk – to relate as human to human.  God’s love can be the bridge between us – the bridge that is never closed.  I pray that God will always show me the bridge.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Gary
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on September 1, 2010.

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