More by Richard Alan Ruof

POEMS OF THE BRIDGE presents incidents and insights from experiences that the author found enlightening during a lifetime of service as a pastor and family man.  The use of poetry allows presentation in brief form and helps reveal the amazing acts of God in everyday life. A simple factual statement would only invite attempts to explain away the unexplainable.  And so they are presented as faith experiences that simply arise among believers inspired by the promises of Christ and the Scriptures.

The poems also question who this amazing martyr is who enters our confusing and modern world to bring compassion, understanding, and restore the bridge between divided couples, family members, and warring factions—even those we shall join again in a world beyond death.

So much of what is precious has been neglected in search of money, belongings, and real estate.  Shall we forget forever family solidarity, love, faith, those matters most rewarding and our constant source of joy?  Or shall we turn from shopping, shallow entertainment, material obsession to rediscover our true identity?  Shall we take time to consider those treasures offered to us forever?  The strain of the world has a way of unveiling false assumptions and presenting the need for that final bridge.  Our quest for a stable world falters daily.

In an effort to achieve everything by human efforts, our age has given its respect to the clever, powerful, and worldly and put aside the lovely miracles of the God of compassion and eternal blessings.  God still rewards those who continue in Christ’s faith and service.

Yet in a broader spectrum POEMS OF THE BRIDGE rejects the prevailing philosophic viewpoint of positivism advocating that neither God nor the spiritual has any effect upon the course of history, the plight of the human race, or individual persons.

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