Fathers are to be celebrated every day. Their responsibilities never end; neither can they be numbered. Every father has the opportunity to be a bridge builder. Bridges are structures built to provide a passage over an obstacle.
There are two kinds of bridges. Physical bridges built of cement and other materials are used for traveling. The second type of bridge is that of character building serving as a guide to help map out a journey of life. For example, the father who builds a bridge of love shields a child from the obstacle of hate and all of its vices. A bridge of faith will overcome fear and doubt. The obstacle of pride is avoided by the bridge of humility.
Materials for bridge building include time investment, following God’s biblical blueprint, love that binds, determination as strong as steel, and time consistency. God honors faithful bridge building. He has promised: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”
Today we honor those fathers whose bridges remain as monuments in our hearts. To those who are faithful to bridge building, we say build on, for the world needs bridges, strong, beautiful bridges.