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You know that Bridge over Troubled Water?


Reading a recent article about Art Garfunkel, I was saddened by his words.

The year was 1970. The hit song, “A Bridge over Troubled Water” rang through the air waves internationally. The lyrics and music along with Garfunkel’s angelic voice gave it recognition, he and Paul Simon didn’t see coming. Instantaneous fame became their way of life. Even those with a crow’s voice like mine were heard trying to sing it.

I remember hearing it over and over with tears falling from my eyes. The words were so profound one couldn’t ignore their touch.

When you’re wearysimon-and-garfunkel
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
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Who would have thought 45 years later the two musical geniuses, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would remain apart by the very song that was meant to “bridge” people together.

According to the article and Garfunkel’s side of the story, he received the glory and recognition because he sang it; Paul Simon wrote it and was left out of the limelight for his talent and gifting.

The two became bitter, resentful and angry. Simon supposedly broke the two up. Garfunkel became a Math Teacher. Simon went his own way.

Growing up in the same place, they were in high school together. Simon who is a mere 5”2 inches tall and Garfunkel at 6 feet tall became friends as Art felt sorry for the short Paul Simon and became his body guard against bullying and ridicule for his height. I can relate although I didn’t have Art Garfunkel to back me up.

It was during this time the two began what would eventually become one of the greatest musical duos in modern history only to be halted by greed and jealousy.

This division is so relevant today it has become mainline.

People are fighting over the ridiculous.

People are angry over words that appear offensive even when they know it’s a lie.

America is divided by its own greed and jealousy to a point the bridge is almost broken in half.

Reading Paul Simon’s lyrics bring to heart a friendship of backbone, strength and courage to be there for one another in times of pain, darkness and when down and out.

But that is hard to find in these days. Humans have no way of bridging the needs of others without the bridge that is already built.

In 1970 I would have thought his words resonated any best friend a person could have humanly speaking. That may be true to a certain extent, but no one person or persons can fill that gap; not even close.

The bridge is Jesus Christ.

The connector is the Cross of Christ as the redemption for our sins.

He is the one who dry’s our tears, shines his light and eases our pain. He is the dream maker who sails beside us, in front of us and behind us.

Jesus Christ is the bridge upon which the foundation of the world is saved.

He is the bridge who laid down his life for every troubled water we may swim in.

And he is the only bridge that gets us across to the other side in victory.


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Simple Seeds


Small actions can produce large results.

Sunflower and seeds

Sunflower and seeds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are a few:

Key: Opens doors, cars, bank vaults

Punch a few buttons turns on a TV, the stove or oven, your pc, phone, elevator

Plant a seed: get a plant, vegetables a tree or even a baby

Nails hold houses and buildings together

Light switch turns lights on that can light a whole room

Faucet turns the water on

Small instruments can produce large amounts of productivity.

Small instructions can alter the course of history.

Small instructions can lead to public rewards.

Small instructions are what Jesus gave to get a big ending.

Think about it: Jesus told the men to pour water into the water pots at a wedding. It produced the wine they needed and evidently tasted pretty good!

Jesus took a few loaves of bread and some fish and fed 5000 people. I’ve always wondered if the bread and fish were automatically cooked when they passed it around.

Jesus told the paralyzed man by the pool to get up and walk. I would’ve kissed Jesus and run!

Remember the fishermen who fished and fished and couldn’t catch anything? Jesus just happened to be walking by and told them to cast the net on the other side. They went home happy and full.

What did Jesus really want? To show off? To bring attention to himself? To prove he could fish and cook?  Noooooo………

He was asking for obedience. Jesus wants obedience.

Why? To control us? To teach us how to fish and cook? To show everybody a good time at the wedding? I don’t think so.

Actually I don’t remember anywhere in the Bible that states Jesus actually cooked. He must have spent a lot of time at Mary and Martha’s house. Martha gives the impression she attended cooking school.

Cover of "Mary and Martha"

Cover of Mary and Martha

Now that I think about it when did Jesus have time to cook? I guess that’s another story.

Oh, the question again is why does Jesus want us to be obedient to him?

Could it be he knows what is best? He knew he could make better wine than anyone? He had his own fishing show?  Maybe he had lessons from Paula Deen on how to fry chicken.

Jesus wants a willing heart. Not a fancy cook or a world class fisherman.

Willingness to obey God brings about miracles.

The simple can produce the supernatural.

So what does this mean? It doesn’t take something great to produce a great miracle or harvest.

God doesn’t look through rose colored small glasses at us. HE SEES BIG.

If you think one person doesn’t make a difference, think again.

Have you ever heard of Mordecai Ham? As a Baptist Evangelist, in 1934 he went to Charlotte, NC to preach at a revival. At one of the meetings was a young man who was greatly influenced by his teachings. The young man became a Christian during this revival. Most people have never heard of Mordecai Ham and I am sure he had no idea of the harvest that would result from this one man’s conversion.

That man is Dr. Billy Graham.http://justmyfaithtalking.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/created-or-creative-in-christ/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/faith-in-not-having-faith/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/03/17/still-the-best/

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