My Friend Ben Goes to Boot Camp
May 15, 2023
I have a young friend named Ben who just shoved off to his first day of Navy boot camp a couple of weeks ago. Ten weeks to learn the ropes of life in the United States Navy. I wanted to write Ben a note of encouragement. Here is some of what I wrote.
Now that you know Jesus, you will NEVER go anywhere by yourself. He has promised that He will be with us until the end of this age. (Matthew 28:20) And He has told us He will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) So, our wish is “Fair winds and following seas!”
One of Carol and my favorite songs is “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning”. Ben, you may be surprised to know that both of our families are loaded with sailors. My dad served in World War 2 in the Merchant Marines. He was stationed on one the boats the German and Japanese forces enjoyed blowing out of the water. God protected my dad and his service was always a source of pride for our family. Carol’s dad signed up for the U.S. Navy at the outset of World War 2, right after Pearl Harbor. He sailed and fought for our country throughout the Pacific. For the rest of his life, he loved fishing and taking boats out into the ocean and bays near Atlantic City.
The song “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning” is a gospel song about how God saves lost souls like he saves lost boatmen. He uses lighthouses and the men who keep the lamps burning to guide “the poor, fainting, struggling seaman” to harbor and God uses Christians to be His lighthouses to guide struggling sinners to heaven.
As I wrote to Ben my thoughts turned to the disciples of Jesus on earth being the lower lights which struggling citizens on earth need to see to point their way to the Savior. It is our responsibility to be that light. As Our Lord said, “You are the light of the world…” The Lord declares we are the light (small L) of the world as a representative of the greater Light of the World. We reflect His light to a very dark world.
’56 / ’79 Egg Harbor Township NJ