bridges-and-hope

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”– Hebrews 11:1

“We live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

The bridges of Beaver County provide some of the most beautiful and distinctive landscape we enjoy in western Pennsylvania. The arches and trusses, large and small, that dot our communities are a joy to behold. Unfortunately, they may not always be a joy to drive over!

Bridges receive sufficiency ratings on a scale of 0 to 100, based on their ability to meet the traffic and safety demands required of them. Some of our most beautiful bridges look great, and appear to be quite strong, but that’s an illusion. The Fallston bridge, for example, has a sufficiency rating of 2, and has been permanently closed.

14 spans in our area are due to be replaced by the end of next year, which is a good thing in my book. I am putting my faith in the ability of the bridge to stay up every time I drive across it, and if its integrity is in question, I don’t want to wind up taking a swim with my Subaru!

On the other hand, I have complete trust in the hope I put in Jesus Christ and the God of the universe. The historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus is a topic for another day, but the end result of that earth-shaking event in Jerusalem is that through my trust in Christ paying the debt of my sin by his death and being raised to life, I have a foundation to make daily decisions and future plans that bring me great joy, and hopefully will be a blessing to others. (John 5:24, Romans 10:9-10)

It seems ironic, but much of what appears to be reliable may not be, and some things that are invisible are actually the most secure (2 Corinthians 4:18). We may happily continue to walk, run, and drive over whatever Penndot provides, but we may do so knowing that our ultimate security is in far safer hands than a century-old piece of steel.

Rev. Scott Graham
Scott Graham is Pastor at Cup Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Chippewa. His wife Kristina is the Orchestra director for the Beaver Area school district. They have three grown children.

Cup Evangelical Presbyterian is located in front of Blackhawk High School in Chippewa. We offer a blend of traditional and contemporary worship in the Reformed tradition. Our ‘Shine’ program is a mid-week music and drama experience for children. We have opportunities for youth, as well as local and international missions. ‘Join us for a drink of living water!’ Take a look at cupepc.org.