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Elizabeth's thoughts for Novemember 2017

Journeying with Jesus – A Bridge Over Troubled Waters 

"We all have favourite bridges around the world such as Sydney Harbour, the Golden Gate, Ponte Vecchio, Rialto, Forth, O’Connell, and the Peace Bridges. They are all beautiful, but maybe the one I welcome the most is the one over the River Lagan. It is not beautiful by world standards, but after a busy day or a time away it is a sign that I am nearly home, humble though it is.

It is possibly a while since you heard that well-known song “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” written by Paul Simon and sung by Art Garfunkel. Listen to it again. It was written after J.F.Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated. It is about comforting someone in need. The idea may have come from, “I will lay me down in peace and take my rest” or from Psalm 23, “He makes me down to lie in pastures green.” Some of the words were taken from a verse of an old Baptist hymn written by Rev Claude Jeter – “I’ll be your bridge over troubled waters, if you trust in My name.” 
“Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will ease your mind,” what powerful words. They says so much to us. Just what we need to hear many times in our lives, whether we realise it or not.  This song speaks into our spirit. Jesus is our bridge over troubled water. He is the one who gives us safe crossing over the troubles in our lives. God provides a safe haven for us that protects us from the storms of life when we journey with Jesus. “I’m on your side when times get rough and friends just can’t be found.” Do you ever wonder why someone comes into your life at a particular time? God has sent him/her to encourage you, to bring a different voice and perspective into your life, to highlight your values and talents.  
Jesus laid down His life to be that bridge over troubled waters for us, His friends. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than to lay down one’s life for His friends.”  Jesus built a bridge with two pieces of wood and three nails.
Thoughts of God from St. Catherine of Sienna in 14th century: “Although my Son has made for himself a bridge for you, He cannot bring you to life unless you make your way along the bridge.”  Are you hesitating?
You too can be a bridge in someone’s life. You don’t need to look far, there is always someone who needs you.  
It must surely be a blessing to be able to say “Whoever you are, if you need some solace, I will try and be a moment of sweetness for you.

Every Blessing 


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