The Sea Around Us

by Open Eyes

We recently sang a hymn:

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in his justice that is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in his blood.

We sang it daily using the 20th century tune, and it has lodged in my spirit. Living on the edge of the sea, I am touched by the hymn writer’s reference to the sea in expressing the nature of God. Another hymn, God is Working His Purpose Out, ends with the phrase “the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.” Ah, the sea. This photo views Rock Harbor and Cape Cod Bay from the top of our bell tower–showing the large glacial rock for which the harbor is  named. Our church floor mosaic uses this rock to express our monastic vow of stability to live here with my other vowed brothers and sisters in Christ for the rest of my days.