may have done this to spite me, but I'll do him one better. See that pile of
lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence - an 8-foot fence - so
I won't need to see his place or his face anymore."
The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails
and the post hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you."
The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the
materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard
all that day measuring, sawing, nailing, and hammering.
About sunset when the farmer returned, the
carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw
dropped. There was no fence there at all.
It was a bridge - a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the
other! A fine piece of work handrails and all - and the neighbor, his
younger brother, was coming across, his hand out stretched. "You are quite a
fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done."
you will come to realize that love heals everything, and love is all
The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the
middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his
toolbox on his shoulder.
"No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you," said the
"I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but I have many more love
bridges to build."
come from our love. If we are willing to open our hearts, to love
ourselves and others, life will always be a miracle. The degree to which
we are open and loving is the degree to which miracles will come our
By Tim Pedrosa
is no need to go searching for a remedy for the evils of the time. The
remedy already exists—it is the gift of one’s self to those who have
fallen so low that even hope fails them. Open wide your heart.
– Rene Bazin