When we look at a bridge we see a structure joining two separate places together. Bridges are a great way to get from one place to another. The Dictionary’s definition
of a bridge states this; a bridge is a structure carrying a road, path, railroad, or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad, or other obstacle. In most cases without the bridge we would be stranded. We want to get to our destination but, we can not. The bridge provides us a way.
Icons are a bridge. They join together two worlds, Heaven and Earth. When we look at an icon we experience God’s presence in our lives. The icon brings Heaven to us by bridging a gap, between the two worlds. When we look at an icon we are carried away by God’s grace. We then experience, the seen, unseen, and then we can explore Heaven’s path.
We are on Earth but, when we look to an icon we are invited to Heaven through the divine icon image. St. John of Damascus said, “An icon is the visual of what is invisible. It is given to us that our understanding may be filled with sweetness.” We are invited to experience this through the icons language, theology and beauty. The icon contains volumes of knowledge, yet its objective is simple. The icon reveals light to us, and its message is love.