“How you have helped him who
has no power! How you have
saved the arm that has no strength!”
Forty notes saved an estimated six lives. Tied to the Wearmouth bridge at Sunderland, in the UK, penned by Paige Hunter. The Northumbria police believe these notes of encouragement have saved six and counting from suicide. Amazing how a little piece of paper with the right words, tied to the right bridge, can make a unfathomable difference.
It’d be great to hold a piece of paper that has the winning lottery numbers, and then hold that check for millions of dollars. But it still doesn’t come close to the difference we can make by the love we show others. Bridges and notes come in many forms, shapes, and sizes. “God please give us the eyes to see and the ears to hear the souls that are crying out.”
Suicide prevention is one of the ways we can make a difference, but don’t underestimate the value in other ways. There are bridges all around us that need notes for us to post. For some, a bridge is found in a bottle, others in a career, or a husband sitting behind the wheel of a car thinking about driving away from his family and never coming back. Marriage, finances, living out your purpose, and other life issues can all find bridges to jump off of.
But it’s our job to be the note.
Your note can take various forms and spiritual fonts. It’s part of what makes you…you. Sometimes it’s not saying a word, it’s just being present enough to listen. Other times it can be found in giving a donut and a hot cup of coffee. I had an elder that would bust out a tobacco pipe on a screened-in porch (Many bridges and notes there). And fly-fishing, that’s where God writes me notes for my bridges. How about you?
By Aaron F. Jeffers