Musings From A Musical Mind

Once Upon A Time..

 

Bollman Bridge

Bollman Bridge (Photo credit: Kordite)

Once upon a time

 

 

in a land fair

 

 

people who were thought they were right,

 

 

lived there

 

 

Problems were few

 

 

life was good

 

 

there was a common purpose, respect, understanding

 

 

and things were as they should.

 

 

In this land there was a drawbridge

 

 

connecting this land to the other side

 

 

where those lived, outside the protective walls

 

 

did not understand those living in the land beyond the bridge

 

 

no matter how hard they tried

 

 

Those outside the land

 

 

were seen as critical and loud

 

 

judgmental, self-righteous

 

 

cynical and proud

 

 

They refused reconciliation

 

 

with those in the land

 

 

They held off, retreating in silence

 

 

stubbornly hanging on to their opinions

 

 

casting a critical eye on things they would never understand

 

 

Those in the land called to the others on the other side

 

 

“come over – we will let down the bridge so we can play”

 

 

But when those attempted to cross – they were met with a guard

 

 

a toll booth

 

 

and a high price to pay

 

 

The high price was admitting failure

 

 

humbling of one’s self

 

 

and revisiting old wounds

 

 

things that they would rather

 

 

leave in the dark

 

 

in a corner of their heart – high on a shelf

 

 

With the price set so high

 

 

it was not worth the journey across

 

 

so those outside of the land would never come

 

 

and it was seen by those in the land

 

 

as their “great loss”

 

 

Whose loss was it?

 

 

In a land where “rightness” and “one opinion”  seemed to overflow

 

 

where was the love?

 

 

Why was there a guard at the bridge

 

 

and a price of ‘one’s self’ at the toll?

 

 

Did those in the land really want to reconcile?

 

 

Did those outside really want to come over?

 

 

Even if doing so meant admitting possible error on their side?

 

 

Was there a place where all could live together?

 

 

Was there really a place between?

 

 

With love, trust, common understanding and mutual respect?

 

 

A place where all needs are met – all opinions validated and seen?

 

 

 

 

 

Once upon a time

 

 

is a real place

 

 

it’s the very heart of you and me

 

 

the differences which keep us apart

are not so different from

those that could bring us together to really see.

We place a price on those who might be ready

to take a journey across our personal drawbridge

We say “I forgive” – but our actions say

something else

they say – “change first – admit you’re wrong and then we’ll see”

Dear Lord – help our  “once upon a time” personal land

to be free of this high price

from those who have wronged us

help us to tear down that toll booth

fire the guards

live where the bridge is constantly down

and where people can quietly

walk across

with no expectations

no regrets

only a common purpose of true reconciliation

with no questions

and no agenda

just love.

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments on: "Once Upon A Time.." (2)

  1. Oh wow, but I originally thought you were talking about coming to Jesus–until the end. Illustrates how we think we are right and justified in not allowing anyone over until they come around to our way of thinking. You had me! Love the story and it shares a good point on that subject.

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