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In honor of the book release of The Kissing Bridge by Tricia Goyer, Tracy and Kortnee and I will all be posting on the same topic: bridges. We thought it would be fun to see the differences in our perspectives when writing about the same word. We will feature this topic on May 1, May 6, and May 8. Stay with us and comment we love comments!! And if you like Amish fiction, check out Tricia’s book. Here is a chance to read the first chapter for free! And you would probably like Tricia’s blog too: triciagoyer.com! For now, enjoy Tracy’s post. It is free too!
Bridge: a trick taking game using a standard 52 card deck. It is played by four players in competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around the table.
My folks were zealous bridge players. Prior to the age of six, my internal definition of the word “bridge” would have involved people, a pack of playing cards, special snacks, and early bedtimes. This game was momentous to the degree of trophies and mini ceremonies commemorating winners and losers.
When reflecting on yesteryear, I realize that the game of bridge was a figurative bridge of socialization for my private-centered parents. The game of bridge ushered the life of community into our home. What a beautiful bridge.
Childhood memories aside, a bridge which captivates me is the Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge, Virginia. Nestled in southwestern Virginia not far from the lovely Shenandoah Mountains exists this breathtaking picture of our Creator’s beauty.
Since it was formed by the residuals of a collapsed cavern, it is considered a National Historic Landmark. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Natural Bridge was included in several “Seven National Wonders of the World” lists. The land itself has an All-American historic ownership story, since Thomas Jefferson originally purchased it from King George III of England.
A visit to the bridge unravels an ant-like sense of observation for the average spectator. Just as the fragile, industrious ant screams of the genius of the Almighty God, while touring the Natural Bridge one becomes aware of his/her smallness in relation to the bridge and, in turn, in relation to the Mighty Designer.
When writing about God’s design in his book, Made in Heaven, (amazon.com link) author Ray Comfort shares:
“When skeptics ask for a “sign” that proves the existence of a Creator, the sign to look for is the sign of a nature’s design. When Sir Isaac Newton said that atheism was “senseless”, he chose his words carefully. Those who look at the unspeakably wonderful design of nature and don’t see the hand of the Designer are truly sense-less. They’re not using their God-given senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Nature screams of God and, for some reason, they turn a deaf ear, a blind eye, and a closed mouth. “
The bridge, whether creating a sense of community (as in the form of the game), displaying natural beauty, or providing a practical necessity, is a blessing from the omnipotent Creator. John’s words state the Truth in Revelation 4:11:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created. “
Tell us in the comments, what is your favorite bridge? Or post a picture of it on our FaceBook page!