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The Sailor

a poem written by Dr. Jack Hyles

There’s a sailor who sails on the ocean
Who alone faces restless seas
Though other ships life safe at harbor
That’s not where he’s supposed to be

For his ship was not made for the harbor
It was made for the restless seas
To venture onward to an island
While it’s pushed by a sure soft breeze

There’s a lighthouse that glides him through darkness
But he sails past and soon the light dims
Though He no longer can see the brightness
He remembers the course it showed him

There are row boats that ride right beside him
But the sailor still knows he’s alone
For the boats often choose different paths
And leave the sailor alone.

There are breezes that get strong and stormy
And it causes the sailor to fear
But the breezes are made so the sailor
Can glide to the island held dear

Sometimes the ship sails past the lighthouse
And sees no others sail the dark night
So the sailor looks up to the heavens
And is guid4 by an everlasting light

I’m a sailor who sails on life’s ocean
Who alone faces restless seas
While other ships lie safe at harbor
That’s not where I’m supposed to be

For my life was not made for just pleasure
It was made for the restless seas
To venture onward to God’s Will
While it’s pushed by a sure soft breeze

There are wise men who guide me through darkness
But It’ll sail past till their light I can’t see
Though I no longer will hear their wise voices
I’ll remember the course they showed me

There are friends who ride right beside me
3-at I guess I still feel on my own
For the friends often choose different courses
And leave this sailor alone.

There are trials that get strong and stormy
It causes this sailor to cry
But the trials are made so this sailor
Can see God’s Will drawing nigh

Someday when I’ve sailed past the wise men
And can find no friends in the night
I will look to the stars and see Jesus
And be guided by an everlasting light

And when no friends take the course I am taking
I will silently look up above
And dear Jesus will be there to love me
with an everlasting love.

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