Building Bridges

[Note: Granada is hosting Compassion Day on May 5th when the congregation will spread out across the city to serve and show the love of Jesus in tangible ways.]

When construction began in 1932 on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco construction workers quickly learned how dangerous the conditions were.  Workers often walked hundreds of feet above the water along narrow swaying catwalks in high wind.  It was estimated that a person’s life would be lost for every million dollars spent.  Of course, engineers pushed for worker safety requiring hard hats, special sunglasses, and safety harnesses.  They even built an on-site hospital to treat the injured as quickly as possible.  The most effective device for saving lives ended up being a large safety net that draped over 50 feet below the roadway section that was under construction. (I for one would not care to fall fifty feet before reaching the net!)  The safety net was so successful that the local newspapers printed a regular box score:  “8 lives saved to date.”

When I read about the story of the building of this great bridge, a number of things struck me.  First, the bridge I drove across was built at great cost, not only in dollars but also in lives.  I loved the drive but took the cost for granted.  The second thought I had was this: it takes work to bring people together, especially when the chasm is great.  It was then that I began to see the service Jesus calls us to engage in from a different light.  It takes work, and love to bring people together.  It takes…

Painting a classroom to love the teachers at a local school.

Serving a meal to bridge the gap between “them” and “us” at the rescue mission and women’s shelter..

Walking a horse with a handicapped child to enter that child’s world and bestow the gift of joy.

This put Jesus’ ministry into perspective.  Of course, he had to take on human flesh.  Of course, he had to learn the language.  Of course, he had to love his neighbor.  Of course, he had to feed the hungry, give sight to the blind, touch the lepers, welcome the outsiders, and preach good news to the poor.  He was love.  The incarnation is about building a bridge across the most severe and broad chasm, from God to humanity.

This also makes sense of Jesus command to us to serve as he has served.  This is the way we experience his presence, share his love, and build a bridge.  On May 5th, we are not going into our community to serve because we are good people.  We are doing this because Jesus built a bridge to us. He made it possible for us to be joined to God.  And, when I think of what Jesus did, I remember there was no net to catch him.  He fell to earth that we might be lifted to heaven.  In the process, he also became our safety net protecting us as we build bridges through loving service.

This is our prayer: to build bridges through loving service, to meet the people of our city, and to show and share Jesus’ great love.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on August 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Let’s do it!


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