We’re all in the bridge building business; civil engineers making a way where there isn’t one.  We fill the gaps and find the spaces where hearts and minds meet.  We’re parents, building roads to communication to make it easier for our kids to come home.  We’re spouses creating connections we hope will be unshakeable no matter what comes along.  We are about connection, changing strangers into friends, so we can share this beautiful world together.

One of my favorite songs from The Judds is called Love Can Build a Bridge. The words of the chorus say,

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don’t you think it’s time?

How does love build a bridge?  Sometimes it lays a foundation of forgiveness.  It creates a way over the murky waters of injured pride or misunderstanding and lays the groundwork for peace.  Sometimes it simply shows up, not allowing the silence to become deadening,  but reaching out, gently calling until the voices of compassion and reason can be found again.  Sometimes it lightens the load by bringing a sense of humor to a tense moment, offering everyone involved a chance to see more clearly and find the way back to each other.  No matter what tool it devises, love, or forgiveness, or laughter, it’s really always about the same thing…connecting hearts together.

I think Simon and Garfunkel really said it best when they began the lyrics to Bridge Over Troubled Waters with…

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

One of the best things about this idea is that it is a concept Our Creator has been trying to share with us all of our lives.  He’s always about finding the ways to build a relationship with us, create a connection that is sure and steadfast.  It was with that intention that He sent His Son into the world to be our bridge, to get us home safely again.  It’s the ultimate understanding of how love can build a bridge when you couple the events we call Christmas and Easter and understand the principles behind what they really mean.

We have an incredible example, an extraordinary bridge builder to follow, who invites us to be the bridges over troubled waters, to be the link of forgiveness, the support for the weary, the place where peace may prevail. It may be worth it today to take a moment and consider the gaps in our own lives, the spaces that have fallen between conversations that need to be continued, the misunderstandings that never seem to find a way to be reconciled, the hearts that could be mended by a gift of love or your warm smile.

Have no fear, you won’t be the only one on the bridge looking for a way back and forth.  You may see old friends there who have waited to reconnect with you, waited to take your hand again.  We’re so good at social networking these days, we Twitter and we FaceBook and we get LinkedIn, but could we benefit too from standing in the gaps for each other, building the bridges to keep us nicely connected so no matter how far away we might get, when we’re weary and feeling small, we know how to get safely home again.

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge…
Don’t you think it’s time?

Meet you on the bridge.  Big love to you today.

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