A Prayer for Seamen

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and that Your families are healthy and safe. As another storm batters our country let us continue to pray for the flood victims and emergency services who are no doubt fed up by now of seeing the rain fall. Please pray for the several churches who lost their lead roofs this week and are now dealing with soaked churches and cancelled services.

As You read this week’s prayer, You will most likely be on dry land. There are many out at sea, whether fishing for a living, serving in the Royal or merchant navy, or working in some other capacity out at sea. The work they do is vital and it can be perilous. It is important that from time to time we remember their sacrifices and pray for their wellness and the safekeeping of their families back home who often do not see them for weeks on end.

I know a submariner whose family rarely see him. He describes inhabiting two worlds. The unchanging sea world where he ploughs the ocean depths in his submarine with his colleagues day after day for months. Then the ever-changing world of home where his family resides – his children changing into new children each time he sees them as they grow up so fast. He is proud to be a provider but is all too aware that home life passes him by. He talks to me of feeling split – pulled between his two worlds. He worries his children will have forgotten him as if he is dead.

God bless You all. I wish You all a peaceful and prosperous week ahead. Let us pray:

O God, Who brought our fathers through the Red Sea and carried them safely through the deep as they sang praises of Thy name, we humbly beseech Thee to guard Thy servants aboard ship, and having repelled all adversities, bring them to the desired port after a calm voyage. Through out Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

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