One day, while serving the Mahone Bay parish, Captain Angus Walters died. Captain Walters was the skipper of the original Bluenose, now our east coast Canadian icon.
The pastor of Zion, Lunenburg, was on vacation when this happened. The Walters family asked me to take the funeral. This turned out to be a media event. My sermon that day was quoted. The quote they used was: “Captain Walters, more legend than man.”
Both my wife and my family were acquaintances of Captain Walter’s family. That service hooked me into a life-long love of all Canadian work boats. I have built many replicas of the Bluenose since then and am currently working on a 36-inch walnut and brass model of that ship.
Our faith in Jesus is like my fixation with the Bluenose. As schooners plow into the seas and then rise above them, so do we move with Christ. Daily drowning and daily rising is our baptismal experience. Jesus has truly died. Jesus is fully alive. We follow him, going under and coming over our life’s hurdles. Since baptism, we partially die and partially rise daily. We may get wet, or seasick, or strained in our journey, but because of Christ, we’ll always rise again.
O crucified and risen Christ, thank you for sailing on in my life. Amen. — KC