Looking out my office window at gray skies and still waters days before Christmas Day, I’m in a melancholy mood. Those of you who have followed this blog for at least one year know that I only mention my Christian faith at this time. The rest of the year is business as usual.
I’ve been reflecting on the intersection of faith and sailing—Matthew 14:22-33 in particular comes to mind. There are many more similarities but I won’t bore you with them all here but I do want to share a couple of references that are special to me.
My wife and I enjoy cruising to our favorite anchorages for overnight or weekend stays aboard Summer Dance. Disconnecting from the modern world can restore a weary soul and help to recalibrate priorities when we spread ourselves too thin. That is why we adopted Mark 6:31-32 as the motto for Summer Dance.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
Music is also very special to me. My favorite sailing song is not the obvious one by Christopher Cross but instead was written by Kerry Livgren, the driving force of the rock band Kansas. The Navigator can be found on his independent album Collector’s Sedition.
The ripples on the water, reach out as they expand
The center of my ocean was touched by someone’s hand
As far as I can see it, as deep as I can fall
If I should last forever, I’ll never know it all
I hear the roaring of the sea, as surely must be
Still I’m waiting for the calm – no fear
The Navigator’s here
I’m carried on the highways, beyond the wind and wave
I long to feel the cleansing, so free to be a slave
To sail to unknown harbors, beyond the furthest shore
Transported by the Zephyr, my heart would there explore
As you celebrate Christmas with family and friends, wrap up 2019, and chart your course for 2020, I hope you too find time and place to get away with Him for some rest and reflection.
Thank you all for visiting. Let’s meet again in the new year.
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