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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Sometimes pop culture, either purposely or inadvertently gets it right and the lyrics to songs speak volumes about faith. The song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel might just be one of those songs. While this song is in no way a direct reference to Jesus, the lyrics really do describe the way in which Jesus gets us over or through the rough waters.

If you find yourself struggling today, and the path ahead looks like turbulent waters, we encourage you to trust Jesus who carries your burdens (Ps 68:19) and who gives you rest (Mt 11:28-30). Jesus does not say that troubled waters will not come. In fact, just the opposite, He says that in life we will face troubled waters (Jn 16:33). But Jesus does promise that He will be “like a bridge over troubled water” and get us through those troubled waters. Do you believe that today?

(Here is a bit of trivia. This song is almost five minutes in length. In the 1960’s, Columbia Records had used the three-minute mark as the barrier for songs played on AM Radio. However, in 1965 Bob Dylan recorded “Like a Rolling Stone” which was longer than three minutes, so Columbia decided to release “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to pop radio, despite its length, and it topped the charts for six weeks and Billboard ranked it as the Number 1 song for 1970.)

rock hillBRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

(Composed by Paul Simon, Released 1/26/1970)

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

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

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

Dave Garrett

9/30/2015

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