God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31



Sunday, 27 September 2015

"A Beacon Soul"

Have been laid low with the first of the seasonal "bugs" these last few days the brain has not been up to doing much heavy reading. So as always, I turned to poetry. It soothes the soul, lulls the mind and  calms the heart....

I found a new poem in an old book recently gifted to me and it seemed to be rather apt.

It is called "A Beacon Soul" by a Birmingham born poet called Edgar A. Guest. Not someone I had heard of before. 
(see end of post for the full poem)

It was written in the mid to late 1800's after the death of his close friend, a ship owner and sailor on the Great Lakes by the name of Captain Lewis Ludington.

On researching can actually find no mention of this poem in his listed works apart from this article about the "Captain Lewis Ludington Award" which also gives an interesting biography of the Captain.
There are also several Scholarships and other awards in honour of Captain Ludington

A stanza of the poem  reads:
“For forty years or more he trod the decks of ships and came to be, I'm sure, on closer terms with God than men who never went to sea.”

It has often been said there are few atheists among sea captains during a storm. Being a sea captain on the Great Lakes was a very perilous occupation due to storms. There are thousands of ships at the bottom of the Great Lakes as a testimony to this.

But his deep faith came from more than his often perilous voyages. It also came from a deep belief in thinking about and his observation of God's work.

Another stanza reads:
“Thought made him tender, friendly, wise, and gave him faith no hurt could shake. He found within the starry skies marvels which only God could make.”

While we may not have  “trod the decks of ships”, we marvel at God's workmanship when we turn our eyes upward to the starry skies. But, we also experience violent storms.

Jesus and his disciples experienced a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were so afraid that they shouted to Jesus that they were perishing! Jesus answered them by saying, “...why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:23-27)

When we experience  'violent storms', who do we turn to ?  Do we think that we are in control of the storm or is the storm really in control of us?

The more we develop our spiritual growth and our understanding of the marvels of God's work the more we will embrace Jesus' comforting words when He said,

“No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm--I will come to you.” (John 14:18)


Lord God thank you for your promise that you are always with us. Help us to put complete trust in You as the storms appear. Amen



A Beacon Soul 
"First Out; Last In"
Sailed in the path of honour and virtue
"Faith alone, when sight forsaketh, Shows true hearts the mystery." For forty years or more he trod
the decks of ships and came to be,
I'm sure, on closer terms with God
than men who never go to sea. Long nights when men upon the shore
were fast asleep he pondered things
and gained that wealth of nature's lore
which patient observation brings. Thought made him tender, friendly, wise,
and gave him faith no hurt could shake.
He found within the starry skies
marvels which only God could make. Now home at last he seems to be
A beacon soul of gleaming white
unmoved by wind or angry sea
to guide us safely through the night. So ere his resting day be done
and he again must put to sea
I write of Captain Ludington
whose faith so oft has strengthened me. 


-Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959) 


2 comments:

  1. Over half of the members of our household have had colds over the last two weeks. I hope you are feeling better, Joy. I am. The line of the poem " He found in the starry skies marvels which only God could make" expresses the essence of a truth I have experienced. Thanks mostly to my parent's instruction I grew to appreciate knowing God through His creation. I am interested to know that Margrit's preference in knitting describes your preference as well. Wishing you joy in all you do, xx

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    1. I too was brought up to glory at the wonders of God's Creation, it never fails to amaze me even after all these years!
      God Bless Gracie

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