The Anchor

The Anchor


When in darkness

The waters enfold

Prow battering waves

The Anchor holds


Sails blow’n tattered

Wind shear unfolds

Masts split breaking

This steady Anchor holds


Run before the wind

Helm command scolds

Timbers creak shaking

Yet, this true Anchor holds

  • g.w.

True we have, and will experience many tempests in the briny deeps of life. It is amazing how much adversity and how many storms on the seas of life we do sustain, survive through. And yet we continue to flourish, as the seas begin to calm and each storm passes. When the winds become soft again, the sun sparkles across the gentle, rolling waves, and the Compass leads us on our way, so true. So safe. So weathered. So jostled. Yet more experienced to understand, and build our  shelter of confidence in the Anchor of our souls that holds our small vessel intact. For His Glory and our trust, in His faithful deliverance of our souls through it all. Indeed, what (nothing) can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus. The Anchor of our souls.


Acts 27:14-44

14 But before very long there rushed down from [b]the land a violent wind, called [c]Euraquilo; 15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along.16 Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship’s [d]boat under control. 17 After they had hoisted it up, they used [e]supporting cables in undergirding the ship; and fearing that they might run aground on the shallows of Syrtis, they let down the [f]sea anchor and in this way let themselves be driven along. 18 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, [g]they began to jettison the cargo; 19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.

21 [h]When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have [i]followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and [j]incurred this damage and loss.22 Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that [k]it will turn out exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on a certain island.”

27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors began to surmise that [l]they were approaching some land. 28 They took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms. 29 Fearing that we might run aground somewhere on the [m]rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and [n]wished for daybreak. 30 But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down the ship’s boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship’s boat and let it fall away.

33 Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing.34 Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for not a hair from the head of any of you will perish.”35 Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 36 All of them [o]were encouraged and they themselves also took food. 37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six [p]persons. 38 When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by throwing out the wheat into the sea.

39 When day came, they [q]could not recognize the land; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the ship onto it if they could. 40 And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach. 41 But striking a [r]reef where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wanting to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should [s]jump overboard first and get to land, 44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land.

Our Anchor holds!  -G.W.

Dear God, be good to us;

The sea is so wide,

And our vessel is so small.

from The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton

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