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Covered Bridges

It is the end of February.  I am sitting on the porch in Hopewell, Pennsylvania in a short sleeve shirt.  It is 76 degrees here.  Did I mention it is February and in Pennsylvania?  It is so beautiful that we decided to go see the covered bridges in the nearby area.

As we followed the covered bridge map we wound up going through small roads and towns.  The covered bridges were not on the highways, but on the less traveled back roads.  Some were over streams and others over rivers.  Some of the spans were longer than others.  Some were so old that you could not drive across them, but yet they were still there.

Each bridge had it’s own personality and a little plaque that told us the history.  We took pictures of each of the bridges.  (See below).

Man needed to find a better way to cross the river and so they figured out a way to use the trees on the banks to help them get across. They covered the bridges so that the structures would not rot and would remain strong.  The cover also protected the ones it served.

Sometimes our walk with the Lord means that we need to get off the highway of life and go to the back roads.  These are places that you have to search out.  By studying scripture and those great heroes of the faith that have gone before us, we are encouraged and strengthened.

By paying attention to the road less traveled, many words of Scripture as well as those who have gone before us will inspire and encourage us.  They have the ability to give us a new perspective on life and on those we love and serve.

It is often there that you will find His protection and strength because the back roads were His plan all along.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23

Love Anne and my helpers on the porch at the cabin who gave input into this Blog

Anne Pierson is the Director of Ministry Services for Loving and Caring, Inc., a national ministry whose mission is to provide resources, training, and encouragement to life-affirming people and organizations.

One Response

  1. Holly Barlow says:

    Im always amazed at the strength that these cover bridges withhold, even today. If you think about it the horse and carriages or wagons couldn’t of weighed as much as our cars and trucks, yet they hold just the same. This is how our Father is. Strong throughout the ages holding us up when needed. I don’t know about you but I regularly need held up!!! Thank you Loving and Caring for serving the weak and those in need that need held up during a time in their life when everything else seems to be falling apart! God is Good!

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