HERE’S WHERE WE’RE
Sunday, September 4
at 8:30 AM and 11 AM
Luke 14 : 25 - 33
Many of us drive across the majestic Sidney Lanier bridge that spans the Brunswick River. Few of us reflect on the enormous, painful, tragic cost of putting a span across that river.
The original span, built in 1956, and clearly not built to handle large ships, would be raised and lowered for ship traffic in and out of the port. It was built by the same firm that built the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis which collapsed a decade ago. The local bridge carried traffic faithfully until the evening of November 7, 1972. The ship African Neptune missed the span by several hundred feet and crashed into the north approach. Ten people on the bridge drowned that night, lost to their families, their friends, their community.
In 1995, work began on a new bridge, with a different bridge builder. In their efforts to cast the road 185 feet over the river, using machines to hoist the preformed bridge sections upwards, one of the machines crashed to a rock island below the bridge. An eight-month delay went past the deadline for completion, and the state of Georgia began fining the builder $10,000 per day.
Truly, a costly bridge!
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?” Good question! Jesus asks us such a question as he tells us that following him brings a cost: you will carry your cross! So... what if that cost saves your life? Calculate the cost, then join the rest of us who have done so this Sunday! For Jesus has already figured your cost, and has paid it all!