How the evening has grown dusky. The growing wind speed indicates that there's going to be quite a storm. Outlines of other boats are seen vaguely on the horizon. The lights of masts are shining like stars on the sky. How privileged, are me and my fellow travellers are for getting this opportunity to sail towards the New World, and the Port of Peace there. The King was able, by his messengers, to convince us all how close the destruction of the Old World was, and we'd be destroyed together with it:" Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (1. Jh.2:15-17) With varying sailing skills we are sailing on these rocky waters towards the Lighthouse of Hope, shining far away on the horizon:" Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls." (Hebr.12:1-3)

These dangerous waters have demanded many victims already, and some have turned their boats back. There certainly are many reasons for those ship wrecks. One thing in common for those disasters, however, is the limited skill of reading the nautical chart. The King have given us this nautical chart which helps us safely navigate to the Port of Peace. This chart is called Bible. Inadequate skill of reading nautical chart and bad sailing weather are a bad combination, of course. The boatbuilding shop, owned by the King, have done boats with so high quality, that with those boats you can sail even on heavy storm. Therefore it's strange that even on exellent sailing conditions, accompanied by favourable wind, many has suffered shipwreck:" But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1. Tim. 6:9,10)

I have to admit quite openly that many times I have lost the Lighthouse of Hope off my sight, touched ground and wandered around the sea during this sailing trip. Everyday, however, my sailing skill are becoming better, and those skill I have learned and my observations I share with other sailors. Samewise others share their observations with me, and we are absolutely convinced that we will reach our destination: "that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (Hebr.6:18-20)

With sailing greetings
J. P.

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