Jim Burke shared this painting and these thoughts with me privately. They were never meant to be published, but I pressured him to let me put them in the newsletter. At last he agreed. I hope you will feel free to share your own inspirational thoughts with me--with a possibility of my sharing them with the congregation.
Bridges and Crossings
Bridges connect; Bridges divide.
Some bridges are massive, some stationary.
Some bridges soar.
Some bridges command attention.
Some bridges disappear.
Some bridges are a thing;
Others are a thought.
Some bridges are a smile;
Others are a frown.
Some bridges say ‘Yes’; others say ‘No’.
A few suggest ‘Maybe’.
Some bridges welcome;
Some stand in warning.
All bridges are crossings.
Some we cross one way; some the other.
Most both ways.
Some crossings scare;
Others crossings quiet.
Some crossings are from black to white; others are from white to black;
A few crossings are transparent.
A few crossings allow us to return.
All crossings have a before;
All crossings have an after.
Some have a now.
Some crossings we plan;
Other crossings just happen.
Crossings can be forever.
Are all bridges crossings?
Are all crossings bridges?
P.S. Is Bower Hill Community Church a bridge or a crossing?
Recently, completion of this painting caught me by surprise and caused me to reflect on the city of bridges that I came to fifty-nine years ago. Jim