There's a long joyous story as to how we picked the name Across The Bridge, but to me the key in the name is the word The. Let me explain please.
In the A.A, Big Book it says "We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our creator." Thus my emphasis on the word The as in He is the one we depend on for our guidance, strength and hope. He is The Pile or The foundation that holds up that bridge for safe passage across. In thinking about this, who would ever apologize for a solid structure that held up a bridge unless it collapsed? For sure, God will never collapse, but we may because we don't build our foundation on him.
So if we do collapse into depression, anxiety, addiction relapse, despair or just sadness or grief, we must remember The will always be there to connect the bridge of hope back together again. Anytime, anywhere God is present and ready to connect us to healing and take us across that bridge from darkness to light, addiction to recovery, sadness to joy, and lost to found. All we have to do is accept that he can and will if he is sought.
He is always The Bridge, and if anyone asks me how I know let me tell them how He put this broken man back together again to help others cross that bridge as well. In fact speaking of the cross, the final word from the Lord to me after many moments of prayer was to make sure that our name had that word in it. Thus it became Across The Bridge.
And we know for certain that if that cross is holding together our bridge of life we might feint but we will never collapse!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.