By: Deacon Marques Silva
Okay, I’m still thinking about the beach. Maybe it’s because in two weeks I’ll be there myself. Perhaps we may consider a few more images that many of us see at the shore.
Take the anchor for instance. Anchors are one of the most ancient symbols found in the Roman catacombs. The anchor brings together the cross and the various nautical Christian symbols (fish, boat, dolphin), and signifies our hope in Christ. It is also the symbol of St. Clement of Rome, who tradition holds to have been tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea. It is the symbol of promise:
Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous…he will never leave nor forsake you.”
Philippians 1:6 – “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion …”
Proverbs 1:33 – “but he who listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of evil.”
Of course, anchors make me think of boats and ships (I can never remember the difference between the two). Ships should remind us of the Ark which signifies the church, conveying all its members to safe harbor. And how do we remain in that safe harbor? Anchors, of course. Just a few nautical thoughts to remind us of His presence on our shores.