Date: March 26, 2017
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Asheville, North Carolina
Be the Bridge
Luke Shealy, Makahla Stout
led by Isabel Parker
along with: Owen Gast, Hannah Engels,
, Kaegan Parks
t fall, I had the opportunity to travel with other students from my school, to Denmark.
Our flight was from Atlanta to Copenhagen.
flight started out well, but about the time
we were reaching the Atlantic Oc
ean the speakers crackled, letting all the passengers know
that we were heading back to Atlanta because of “technical difficulties.”
, I turned out
that those technical difficulties involved electrical components that had almost caught on
hours later, after some maintenance, we were back in the air over the ocean
same plane that had almost caught on fire the first time
was about that time when I
realized maybe I should have
abandoned the plane w
hen it was back on the ground.
I was thinking a lot about what the flight attendants said to us before taking off:
the event that the oxygen masks drop, please secure your own mask before helping others.”
texts remind us that before we can give of ourselves,
we must first seek to have a
firm foundation. As Christians our oxygen mask
our firm foundation
is our faith.
must trust that God will provide the oxygen.
we have that mask on; then, we can
wholeheartedly devote ourselves to helping others.
, how can we best do this?
can we secure our mask “of faith” and help people with theirs as well?
does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with
lived this every day
taught us about it
over and over again
throughout our Bible.
God and love your neighbors
God and trust others.
all we can to God and give all we can to one another
essence, be a bridge of connection
and hope between God and each o
about the importance of trusting and giving.
definition of trust is to
rely on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something.
ourselves, our neighbors, our leaders, an
d our God,
that we are able to
our time, service, money, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, and love.
days, it feels like we are doing the opposite of trusting and giving.
is hard and full
of different types of adversities such as los
s, illness, unemployment, grief, injury, divorce, or
even a new adventure where we don’t know the outcome.
so hard for us to fully trust
and give because it requires us to completely let go and lean into an unknown outcome.
often use fear, appreh
ension, and indifference as a reason to not take action.
only this, these days we’ve been led to believe that separation
driven by hate, fear, lies
is the answer.
is NOT the time to be separated
t in order to survive in this wilderness,
must NOT divide ourselves with
walls but instead unite ourselves through bridges.
, it takes faith:
in God and faith in one another.
a person something, you gi
ve it to them because you trust them;
when you trust
someone, you’re willing to give them what you have because yo
u’ve put your faith in them.
we are like one drop, but united we are like an ocean.”
Bind us together Lord
Bind us to
gether with chords that cannot be broken
Bing us together, Lord
Bind us together with
does trust look like?
does it take to really trust God and trust one another?
past January, I attended the Preside
ntial Inauguration in Washington D.C.
I was a part of many historical events: including attending the actual inauguration and
being surrounded by some of the world’s top leaders.
to mention getting caught up in
the chaos of a violent ri
ot that broke out on the same street where we were eating lunch!
those events were unforgettable, the most astounding one came the day after the
I witnessed 500,000 women, men and children march on Washington.
backgrounds, races, genders, and ages came together to stand in
solidarity for human rights.
made this even more astounding was to hear that more than three million other
people were not only marching across the country, but around the world!
a time of