When I drive over the bridge to the mainland, I am reminded that island life makes it easy to see ourselves as separate, remote from the “mainland of humanity”. Sometimes it’s tempting to make the bridge an ideological divide and not a way of joining land to land. Forgive me my arrogance in thinking I can leave the world’s problems behind me, that I can escape to an island. We are all connected, if not by bridges, then by shared needs and demands. You have insisted that we love one another, no matter how disconnected we may seem. Please, Lord, help me stay connected with others so that I am never disconnected from you. I pray that you direct me not to hide behind bridges, but to maintain and reinforce them with the girders of your love.