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  • Jesus is the bridge over troubled water

    I have to wonder if Paul Simon knew of who he wrote ?

    "Bridge Over Troubled Water"


    When you're weary, feeling small,
    When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
    I'm on your side. When times get rough
    And friends just can't be found,
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will lay me down.
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will lay me down.

    Note: Jesus is one our side. He is the ONE who will dry our tears. He is our only TRUE Friend. The troubled water is sin, and Jesus laid Himself down over that sin like a bridge over troubled water. Jesus enabled us to get to the OTHER side and be with Him forever. Jesus enables us to be forgiven of our own sin, and will be with us when the sin of others causes them to shun us for trusting in Him.

    When you're down and out,
    When you're on the street,
    When evening falls so hard
    I will comfort you.
    I'll take your part.
    When darkness comes
    And pain is all around,
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will lay me down.
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will lay me down.

    One has to have been down and out to understand these verses. Evening falls very hard in the winter when one has no home to go to and nothing to eat. I am so thankful that Jesus comforts all of these when they call on Him. Jesus took our part when He hung on the cross and shed HIS blood for OUR sin. I know Jesus has carried me over many troubled waters that I was unable to endure. Paul the apostle knew of this and maybe Paul Simon also knew.
    8 We do not want you to be uninformed brothers, about the troubles we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
    9 Indeed, in our hearts, we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.


    Sail on silvergirl,
    Sail on by.
    Your time has come to shine.
    All your dreams are on their way.
    See how they shine.
    If you need a friend
    I'm sailing right behind.
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will ease your mind.
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will ease your mind.

    The Body of Christ ( the true church ) is the Silvergirl ( the moon, which is a shadow of the church). The moon follows the Sun ( a shadow of Christ) and has no light of it's own but reflects the light from the Sun to the world during the night. ( or the light from Christ to a dying world). Like the man who was left to die on the road, many cause people to choose who they will follow. Will they follow Christ and have mercy on that homeless person laying on a park bench, or will they be like the pharisee that walked on by. But our dreams are on their way, we will soon be with Jesus forever. We follow Jesus and He goes before us, but He is also right behind us; just as the Sun is before and after the moon.


    Paul Simon, 74, 'Ready to Give Up Music'


    AFP 1 hour 43 minutes ago


    New York (AFP) - More than half a century after he wrote “The Sound of Silence,” American singer Paul Simon says he is ready to hang up his guitar and stop making music.

    “You’re coming toward the end,” he told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday. “Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me,” said the 74-year-old. “None.”
    .................................................. ..........

    “It’s an act of courage to let go,” Simon told the newspaper. “I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I?”

    If he does quit music, Simon will bring to a close an extraordinary career that has spanned six decades, won him more than a dozen Grammys and produced songs tracking 50 years of social awakenings.

    He and Garfunkel were a signature act of the 1960s, starting off with clean-cut folk songs before delving into fusion. The duo produced hits such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Mrs Robinson.”

    ...............

    The singer also spoke out against fame, saying he saw it “turn into absolute poison” in the 1960s.

    “It killed Presley. It killed Lennon. It killed Michael Jackson. I’ve never known anyone to have gotten an enormous amount of fame who wasn’t, at a minimum, confused by it and had a very hard time making decisions.”

    If you want to read the whole article: https://www.yahoo.com/music/paul-sim...151426413.html
    Last edited by Lou Newton; June 29, 2016, 02:24 PM.

  • #2
    Like many famous and rich people most of us also sought fame and fortune. We are unaware that it is death and not life.

    James tells us if we are poor be thankful for the high position God has given you. He also tells us that if we are rich to be humble for the low position God has given us.

    9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

    10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

    But we are often, like Israel, who grumbled in the desert after God preformed miracles to save them from slavery in Egypt.

    We seek death, thinking it will bring us life. We do not want life, thinking it is death.

    Here is one of the very best poems I have ever read. It was found in the pocket of dead soldier during the civil war:

    I asked God for strength that I might achieve

    I was made weak that I might humbly learn to obey

    I asked God for help that I might do greater things

    I was given infirmity that I might do better things

    I asked for riches that I might be happy

    I was given poverty that I might be wise

    I asked for all things that I might enjoy life

    I was given life that I might enjoy all things

    I was given nothing that I had asked for

    but everything that I had hoped for

    Despite myself, my prayers were answered

    I am among all men most richly blessed



    That soldier wrote this poem down as he was dying

    I testify that The Lord has done the same for me

    Lou Newton




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    • #3
      Does anyone have any thoughts about either of the two posts above ?

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      • #4
        A nice thing about some poetry is it doesn't tell you what to think. It is symbolic, iconic. So it seems what you get out of it flows from your own heart.

        What is not obvious until the Spirit dwells there, in your heart, is that God's poetic iconography is not like man's: it is very different, and much deeper, as is the interpretation we get from God's heart. I think your interpretation of Simon's song demonstrates that, Lou. I too don't know if Simon meant it that way, but we are free to interpret poetry as we wish.

        I recall having seen that Civil War era letter before. It is full of wisdom. It's less iconic on its surface, but I think it has more spiritual depth than Simon's poem.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Baruch View Post
          A nice thing about some poetry is it doesn't tell you what to think. It is symbolic, iconic. So it seems what you get out of it flows from your own heart.

          What is not obvious until the Spirit dwells there, in your heart, is that God's poetic iconography is not like man's: it is very different, and much deeper, as is the interpretation we get from God's heart. I think your interpretation of Simon's song demonstrates that, Lou. I too don't know if Simon meant it that way, but we are free to interpret poetry as we wish.

          I recall having seen that Civil War era letter before. It is full of wisdom. It's less iconic on its surface, but I think it has more spiritual depth than Simon's poem.
          WOW, thank you so much for your reply Barry. I think it is a wonderful response and full of wisdom itself.

          What you said is well worth reading and thinking about. I do agree with what you said.

          You may have read that poem on WC. I posted it there years ago.

          I remember the first time I read that poem. I was a chaplain at a rescue mission. Someone had written it down on a piece of torn scrap paper with a pencil and taped it to the wall in the lobby. I seen it and read it. As I read my spirit jumped with life inside. But my mind was wondering - can this be true ? - is this the way walking with the Lord Jesus is ?

          I think that poem had spoken to whoever taped it to the wall and they wanted others to read it. I wish I knew who did it so I could go back and thank them for it.

          We will both be able to meet the soldier who wrote and and we have 10,000 years to get to know him.

          But I can testify today that it is true and that is the way walking with the Lord Jesus is. It has proven true not only by my life experience walking with Jesus; but the Lord has also revealed to me in the scriptures that it is true.

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          • #6
            I don't think either artist is a believer or ever was.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
              I don't think either artist is a believer or ever was.
              Thanks for the reply Steve.

              Do you mean Simon and Garfunkel, as the two;

              or do you mean Simon and the writer of the poem from the civil war.

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              • #8
                Sorry for the mix up I meant Simon and Garfunkel. Both men do not nor have they ever been followers of Jesus as far as I have read or heard about. I like the music but I'm not sure if it is inspired.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
                  Sorry for the mix up I meant Simon and Garfunkel. Both men do not nor have they ever been followers of Jesus as far as I have read or heard about. I like the music but I'm not sure if it is inspired.
                  Thanks for clearing that up Steve. I thought that is what you meant, but wanted to be sure.

                  Remember this though. The Holy Spirit spoke through the antichrist high priest, when he said , better for one man to die than a whole nation. Of course the high priest was speaking of the natural and the Holy Spirit was speaking of the spiritual.

                  Also the Holy Spirit spoke through the heathen Roman governor, Pilate, when he said, I find no fault in the man. Of course Pilate was speaking in the natural and meant that he found no fault for Jesus to be punished. And he meant THE man that was on trial.

                  But The Holy Spirit meant that Jesus had no fault at all, or was without sin. He also meant that Jesus was the One and Only Man who was a complete man and lived as God intended for man to live, in obedience to God. All other men have fallen short, but Jesus is THE Man. The One and Only Man.

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