The Fisherman’s prayer

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The Fisherman’s Prayer, by Thomas Keats

A Fisherman’s Prayer, speaks of life and the danger one encounters while at sea.

The Fisherman’s Prayer
by Thomas Keats

When far from land on the stormy sea
There are times when my boat seems frail to me
Where the rising wind and the monstrous waves
Have sent many souls to their watery graves

When the fog shuts down and blacks out the shore
And the heavy seas on the rocks do roar
Where the hidden shoal and the tricky tide
Could mean my doom without a guide

In times like this our hearts sometime fail
And we fear we’ll be lost in the stormy gale
Our thoughts go back to our friends on shore
And loved ones whom we’ll probably see no more

But then at last there is a light
Shining through the gloom like a beacon bright
It is our faith in Our Lord we see
Who rules the raging of the sea

Our thoughts go back to the story true
Of Our Lord who protects His disciples crew
Who were fishermen just like me
And we follow their tradition of the sea

So now all fishermen be of good cheer
And always remember Your Lord is near
The word of a hymn which can give courage to thee
Are “Jesus Saviour, Pilot Me”.

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2 thoughts on “The Fisherman’s prayer

  1. There’s a St. Mary, STar of the Sea Catholic church just down the coast from me, in Freeport, Texas. I believe there’s one in Corpus Christi, too. I suppose it’s a name favored in locations around the world, wherever people make their living on the water.

    The hymn mentioned was one we often sang from our Methodist hymnal when I was a child. I became a Lutheran rather than a Methodist when I grew older, but my goodness – there’s nothing to compare to those old Methodist hymns. We used to have what they call “singing and dinner on the grounds”, which basically was a big old hymn sing and a picnic. Great fun for the kids, and probably enjoyment for the adults.

    • Singing is so very good for the soul, and I think it’s a pity that many people no longer sing, believing it’s something best left to the ‘experts’. I say bring back community singing in what ever form, be it hymns or folk songs – just SING!

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