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A Covenant Renewed

On this Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.

 It has been over 20 years since I served on a U.S. Navy destroyer (USS DAHLGREN), but I can vaguely remember crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the vast immensity!  It took some time crossing it, and even though we knew Europe was somewhere over that horizon, and that eventually we would make landfall, I could still find myself growing antsy as I waited for the glow of lights to appear on the horizon.

I can only imagine how Noah and his family might have felt for those months at sea, with no known horizon, waiting for somewhere to set foot on dry land.  Stir crazy?  Yet Noah found peace in his trust in the Lord.

On the DAHLGREN, before we got underway, we had to load enough supplies to feed the 400+ crew for at least the duration of the crossing.  We needed to fill the fuel tanks and ensure we had enough spare parts for anything that might break on the 30-year-old rust bucket.  In the days before embarking, the crew worked constantly preparing for the voyage—chipping, painting, fixing, training, etc.

How did Noah prepare for the floods?  He obeyed God’s directions to a T.

Make yourself an ark of gopherwood, equip the ark with various compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch.

This is how you shall build it: the length of the ark will be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.

Make an opening for daylight and finish the ark a cubit above it. Put the ark’s entrance on its side; you will make it with bottom, second and third decks.

Moreover, you are to provide yourself with all the food that is to be eaten, and store it away, that it may serve as provisions for you and for them.

Gen. 6:14-21

What did Noah know about shipbuilding, of seamanship, of navigation?  He was no mariner.  He was a “man of the soil.”  He was completely outside of his comfort zone.  So what did Noah do?  He relied completely on God’s instructions.

Personally, I could learn much from Noah’s example.  Obedience doesn’t always come easy for me.  And while Noah had a direct line with God, my obedience must be to those God has appointed to lead His Church, those He has anointed with the mantle of leadership.  Just as the servants at Cana listened to Mary as she told them, “do whatever he tells you,” and were blessed with the finest wine, I too will be blessed by obedience to Christ through His Church.Day 14-1

 God renewed His covenant with Noah and Noah was blessed many-fold for his obedience.Day 14-2


Ode to the Starboard Bridge Wing Veteran

Ode to the Starboard Bridge Wing Veteran

When you’re sitting in Combat, all the blue lights aglow,
It’s not easy to tell pong from ping.
But the sonar sounds clearer, and the sub is much nearer
As you stand on the starboard bridge wing.

When refueling at sea with Brazil’s LST
You’re so nervous your ears start to ring.
But their zig-zagging track seems as calm as a rack
When you’re out on the starboard bridge wing.

Either Z-5-O or anti-ship ops
Can be dangerous — safety’s the thing.
But the drone or the sled will appear good as dead
When you’re called to the starboard bridge wing.

You’ve entered the minefield Callao, Peru.
It’s so hot that your pants start to cling.
But the El Niño air doesn’t soothe your derriere
As you’re reamed on the starboard bridge wing. (more…)

Aboard My Pirate Ship

“Today’s our big adventure!”
Lizzy says to Kate.
“Let’s go aboard our Pirate Ship.
“C’mon!  We can’t be late!”

They put on pirate outfits–
A bandanna and a sash.
Lizzy wears a fluffy blouse.
Katie, an eye patch.

They walk across a gang-plank.
(That’s how they get on board.)
The horn blows “toot” and they salute
Each other with their swords.

Then Katie hoists the mainsail
And Lizzy takes the helm.
(That’s what they call the steering wheel
In the pirate-speaking realm.)

“Cast off the lines!” shouts Lizzy.
“Bring in the plank!” yells Kate.
Their fun begins when friendly winds
Blow them where treasures wait.

Ahoy!  A whale to starboard!
A dolphin swims astern!
And mermaids wink at sailors
Who blow kisses in return.

At noon the sun is highest.
The pirates sit for lunch.
They eat peanut butter sandwiches,
Their favorite meal to munch. Read the rest!

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