A friend recently asked me why I feel alive making peace and building bridges
His question caught me off guard and made me stop and think.
I believe every person is a precious diamond made and loved by God. The Bible
teaches that every person is an embodied reflection of their Creator (Genesis 1:26). To
see a person aright is to catch a glimpse of God.
But if there’s a wall between us, we can’t see that precious value.
When the walls come down and a bridge is built, we have the chance to move closer
and see one another’s profound beauty and complexity. Perhaps we even experience
the joyous shock of loving someone we were tempted to hate or of learning from
someone we thought was totally wrong.
My most poignant experiences of God have happened on these bridges, in these shaky
in-between places of peacemaking with others.
These moments always remind me of Jacob’s astonishing words after he saw a vision
of a bridge connecting heaven and earth: “God is in this place, and I didn’t know it”
(Genesis 28:10)... Read More