Whilst in Alderney we experienced all kinds of weather and on Sunday night there was a gale. A boat anchored in the bay broke loose from its moorings and ended up badly damaged on the rocky end of the beach.
The boat was too precious to just be abandoned and as high tide approached a local fishing boat and the fire brigade set out to rescue it and take it back to the harbour.
Finally after a couple of hours of hard work, attaching ropes and being battered about by the strong waves the rescuers were rewarded with success. At last the water was deep enough for the vessel to float and turn around. Then at last to a loud cheer from the crowd that had gathered to watch, it was towed back safely to the harbour.
Although, only about 19 years of age Steve (not his real name) has lived a stormy life. His heavy drinking led to activities that led to the wreckage of his relationships, his health and his freedom. He was in need of rescue and thankfully in the last few weeks he heard for the first time that there is a Saviour for people like him. On Thursday afternoon in prison he gave his life to Christ. On Thursday evening he died. We will miss him but we are at peace because just in time he met a rescuer who took him to a safe harbour for complete restoration.
There's a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.
In the sweet by-and-by
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blest;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above
We will offer the tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of his love,
And the blessings that hallow our days