It is said that the sea is too mighty for common virtues,
That the ocean has no compassion, no faith, no law.
But, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters,
Let me assure you.
There are principles in relation to the sea that cannot be lightly passed over:
She has compassion but is bound by the law.
She has faith but cannot act.
She is FULL of memories! (Which will work together for her good).
But what do the many waters have to do with you, my beloved brethren?
What do you hear in the gospel you have received?
Is it a voice of compulsion or a voice of gladness?
Is it the rod or the song?
Brethren, listen! Can you hear them singing?
They give us consolation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope!
They declare the fulfillment of the prophets—the book to be revealed!
The sea is not too mighty for common virtues.
The sea is not too faithless for prayers to enter into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
The sea is not too hopeless to speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel.
Let the mountains and valleys cry for joy with the seas!
And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down upon the dry land with gladness!
Weld earth and water together! Make them whole and perfect!
Make them at one!
Behold, my beloved brethren and sisters, the great day of the Lord is at hand!
Let us offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Let us release the memories of the sea!
--- I am, as ever, your humble servant and never deviating friend.
Something in the Water