A grandson introduced me to a movie, The Bridge to Terabithia, which reminded me of painful thoughts and regrets. However, the movie lifted me and cleared a path through the underbrush of despair that often crowds out hope.
While I never read the children’s book upon which the movie is based, the tale is anchored to a true story. It is full of simple true truths for complicated times.
Watching this kids’ movie with a beloved grandchild, I gleaned some fresh insights into old, troubling weeds that invade this autumn’s garden.
- In a crazy, wonderful world, look for God’s creative genius, and be a soul who shares His love: keeping our eyes and minds open to wonder.
- Bad things happen because we do and say mean, self-centered, and careless things, and when others do and say hurtful things and words. We can often choose brave and kind responses, and we can choose not to inflict further harm.
- Yes, the reality of God’s gift of His Son includes the fearful warning of damnation for spurning His love – but remember to look at the Cross. The Old Rugged Cross was the background hymn in the “church” scene the movie: a reminder that God’s great gift is for all who accept.
- And those of us who believe Christ paid for all our petty, mean, silly, wicked, stupid, cruel, and contemptible sins, can do a better job loving and comforting the hurting.
- When we do wrong and hurt others in our own pain – make it right.
- Build bridges, and invite people to cross with us.
And today is as good a day as any to keep my eyes open for wonder, my heart willing to see God at work in ways I can’t understand, and my hand open to help.