The Aurora Bridge was built in 1932 and originally called the George Washington Memorial Bridge. Connecting the Fremont area to the Queen Ann neighborhood, it stands 2,956 feet high. Recently additional construction was completed of a eight ft. nine inches suicide prevention fence with costs nearing $5 million.
King County, the City of Seattle, and the Washington State Legislature supported this decision. Apparently there was a need, for more than 230 individuals have leapt from it to their deaths, giving it nicknames such as Suicide Span, Jumper’s Bridge, and Freemont Falls.
Unlike Ray Woods, a stuntman who survived the jump in 1935 without a scratch, these people have lost their lives after losing their way.
Someone choosing such a public act seeks attention. They want their fall to be witnessed. Perhaps it is a last ditch effort to have their inner turmoil seen and maybe their choice even intervened.
It makes me wonder how many others surround us who have no hope.
As Christians we have abundant hope to offer. We have Christ, who bridged the gulf between unholy humankind to a Holy God.
His death upon the cross helped us cross over that gap called sin, creating a pathway that only He could provide in His perfection. Perhaps that is why it is called a cross. Yet it could also be called a bridge.
Simon and Garfunkel’s beautiful song, Bridge Over Troubled Water, has lyrics that reflect the heart of Christ: “When you’re down and out, when you’re on the street, when evening falls so hard, I will comfort you. I’ll take your part when darkness comes and pain is all around. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.”
When others around us are ready to take a leap, we need to come alongside them, offering hope, helping them take a leap of faith.
“For hope does not disappoint. Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For God demonstrated His own love toward us, that even while we were sinners Christ died for us.” Roman 5:5,8.