They that go down to the sea in ships……

23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 24These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

Psalm 107: 23-24 – The King James Bible

29He makes the storm a calm, so that its waves are still, 30then are they glad because they are quiet, so he gently guides them to their requested port.

Psalm 107: 29-30 – The Keys of the Kingdom Bible

39And having been woken up, he rebuked the wind, and he said to the sea, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ And the wind dropped, and there was a mighty calm. And he said to them, ‘So why are you fearful? How do you not have faith?’

Mark 4: 39-40 – The Keys of the Kingdom Bible

For those who are regular visitors to this website, firstly, thanks for sticking with me during the last three and a bit years!

I have the opportunity of a lifetime to do a long sail with an old friend, around much of the coast of the UK, over this summer. Although I’ll be taking a notebook, to store theological reflections, sadly it won’t be possible for me to post anything further until probably sometime in late September.

In the meantime, I hope you have a sunlit, warm and blessed summer, wherever you are and whatever you find yourself doing.

‘O hear us when we cry to thee, for those in peril on the sea.’

Amen (from the hymn ‘Eternal Father, strong to save’ by William Whiting, 1825-1878)

PS. For those who are wondering why I have included one quotation from the King James Bible above, and two from the new Keys of the Kingdom Holy Bible, there is a point! There are some phrases from the King James Bible which have become so engraved on my brain during my life, that any other translation sounds odd. I am not saying it is the best or most accurate translation, but it is one that has echoed with me, down the decades. There is not much in the Bible that falls into this category, but the above words from verses 23 and 24 of Psalm 107 are in that category.

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