Dear frriends and fellow questers, please soak up the essence of this post on building bridges across all dividing lines. Please take time to meditate on Hart Crane’s wonderful ode to “Brooklyn Bridge”. Blessings on you all this weekend!

Mirth and Motivation

“Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts.” Kjell Magne Bondevik

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear
The beauty of the morning; silent , bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did the sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Do you have a favorite bridge you enjoy crossing? What…

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  1. willowdot21
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 00:17:43

    I don’t know about you granbee but I spend an awful amount of time building bridges! I keep thinking soon things will be simpler, soon it will be easier………. it never is . 🙂

  2. aliveintheword
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 00:44:56

    Thanks for reposting this. I could not agree more that we need to understand the beliefs and cultures of others. There are so many advantages to doing so it would take an entire blog to list them. Often overlooked is that this understanding also helps us to better understand our Christian faith.

    Jesus is known as the Great Pontifex. This comes from the Latin for “bridge builder.” The Apostle Paul built bridges with the Gentiles. Bridge building is absolutely necessary to fulfilling the Great Commission.

    Shalom, Art

  3. Cat Forsley
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 05:59:28

    THAT’S THE ONLY WAY ——–
    I SPENT 30 MINUTES IN A TAXI LISTENING TO LOVELY MAN FROM ETHIOPEA –
    HE SHARED ABOUT HIS BEAUTIFUL CULTURE – HIS SPIRITUAL LIFE –
    AND THE COMMONALITIES WERE ASTOUNDING …….
    EVEN THOUGH WE WERE BORN IN TOTALLY DIFFERENT CULTURES – WITH VERY DIFFERENT BELIEF SYSTEMS –
    THERE WAS NOTHING BUT BEAUTIFUL SHARING AND LEARNING ABOUT THEOLOGIES – LIFE EVENTS ETC .
    MOST OF THE TIME –
    YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT —- A MAN DRIVING A TAXI TO BE SO OPEN –
    NOT IN TORONTO AT LEAST …..
    BUT I AM ALWAYS TALKING AND CURIOUS AND INTERESTED IN THE WORLD AND HOW WE ARE REALLY THE SAME –
    JUST LINES BETWEEN COUNTRIES AND OCEANS BETWEEN CONTINENTS
    BUT IN ALL TRUTH – WE ARE ALL THE SAME .
    PEOPLE NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME – WITH THEIR OPEN NATURES ….
    AND SHINING HEARTS –
    I THINK THE MORE WE BECOME INTEGRATED – AS ONE – ONE WORLD …. ETC ….. THE HEART IS EXCITED AND HOLDS LESS PREJUDICE .
    SEEMS TO ME THAT BUILDING BRIDGES IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING ONE HUMAN BEING CAN DO WITH ANOTHER .
    IF WE TAKE OUT THE CYNISM
    AND GO BACK TO CHILD LIKE INNOCENCE
    WE ABSORB MORE –
    SMILE MORE AND RESPOND FROM A VERY BEAUTIFUL PLACE ….
    THE HEART XX
    LOVE YOU
    XX
    C

    • granbee
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 21:58:49

      Cat, you have blessed me SO much today by sharing this wonderful episode in the taxi with the Ethiopian man. Just last evening, in a committee meeting at my church, I was noticing how few people really reach out and communicate and connect with those “different” than themselves! Hooray for you and your loving spirit!

  4. lscotthoughts
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 06:31:53

    Wonderful reblog, Rose, thanks for sharing such a moving and important message for us all, in order to create a more peaceful environment~xo

  5. totsymae1011
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 07:59:36

    That’s a two-way street, Granbee. I can only stand in the middle of the road for so long. If nobody meets me fromt he other side, well…

    • granbee
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 22:00:57

      Tots, we place our HEARTS in the middle of the road and shine love all around–people WILL be attracted to the loving light, like moths to a candle flame. An ATTITUDE of bridge building we carry with us everywhere is what matters.

  6. Martin Shone
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 21:50:31

    Thank you again, Rose for re-blogging this and your previous ones too.

  7. Soma Mukherjee
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 01:10:14

    what a lovely re blog Rose
    yes we all are different colours in the world..can make a rainvow and spread happiness or just be a huge mess fighting but isn’t rainbow a better choice ?
    lovely pick
    wish you a wonderful weekend too 🙂

  8. mysterycoach
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 18:28:52

    You have no like button 🙂 “LIKE”

    • granbee
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 22:03:50

      So pleased you liked this reblog, MC. Yes, you can always click like in upper left hand corner on black border on these reblogged posts. My original posts always have like buttons.

      • mysterycoach
        Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:57:32

        Oooh the “original” ones? Really? I have like buttons on reblogs… Huh so weird 🙂 Thank you for telling me!

        • granbee
          Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:59:45

          I am sure it depends upon which wordpress theme you are using–and which site you reblog from, maybe? Anyway, you can still click “like” in upper left hand corner of my blog on the black upper border for EACH and EVERY post, if you wish.

          • mysterycoach
            Apr 17, 2012 @ 05:14:53

            Upper left hand corner. I didn’t know you could place it some where… GREAT! Thank you!

            • granbee
              Apr 17, 2012 @ 05:17:39

              MC, you are such a lovely OCD gal, you know it? Bless you for taking your time to acknowledge my suggestion worked for you and to thank you. Wonderful MC, you are!

              • mysterycoach
                Apr 17, 2012 @ 05:24:30

                I do believe I resemble that comment 🙂 (OCD just a tad) Yes, I know it. LOL … Of course, I don’t mind helpful suggestions 🙂 Thank you!

                • granbee
                  Apr 17, 2012 @ 05:45:11

                  MC, I only dared to say that jokingly because you are always calling yourself names and labels in your posts. It is MOI who often gets called OCD for the way I rewrite committee reports and service reports. Surely you know how much I admire all your openness and honesty!

  9. Jane Thorne
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 03:59:54

    If we build our bridges with love and hope but without expectation then they last….I love this post, thank you – I love you xx

    • granbee
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:01:21

      Love, hope and with nothing expected in return: Just love the way you summarize how I felt when I first read this post! Doubly glad I reblogged it! Love ya, Jane!

      • Jane Thorne
        Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:04:28

        Granbee you are simply the best xx

        • granbee
          Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:13:28

          Bless you, dear sister. Isn’t it wonderful how we can connect and support each other across the ocean?

          • Jane Thorne
            Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:15:03

            Yes indeedy and I love it and you xx

            • granbee
              Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:58:01

              Jane, after a committee meeting and an adminstrative board meeting at our Methodist Church here last evening AFTER I played piano for Evening Vesper service (why couldn’t I just leave with the peace I had then? dummy-me!), with the usual excuses and cluelessness about service and outreach and connecting with others that you and I and our blogging friends practice like breathing, I am doubly thankful for what we have here online! Hooray and pass the kindness ammunition!

  10. frizztext (@frizztext)
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 02:58:40

  11. Rob Barkman
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 23:14:59

    Granbee,
    The truth of this posting cannot be underestimated… by understanding those who oppose the truth, it enables us to understand them and it gives us a better understanding of the best way to reach out and help them see their error.

    Another great reminder of our need to love and give of ourselves by taking time to really get to know those to which we desire to minister. Lord bless you

    • granbee
      Apr 19, 2012 @ 23:23:09

      Could NOT agree with you more, Pastor Rob! We must ATTEND to those living in spiritual error before can ever hope to minister to them.

  12. bardessdmdenton
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 06:16:20

    It’s all about building bridges, with every thought and word and action and breath we take. Thank you, as always, for sharing!

    • granbee
      Apr 23, 2012 @ 22:46:19

      Yes, yes, yes–it certainly is about building bridges–real bridges, not ones with trick toll gates and barriers popping up halfway across!

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