the old man and the sea….


After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church’s pastor once
again slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit, and gave a very brief
introduction of his childhood friend. With that, an elderly man stepped up
to the pulpit to speak, “A father, his son, and a friend of his son were
sailing off the Pacific Coast,” he began, “when a fast approaching storm
blocked any attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high, that even
though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat
upright, and the three were swept into the ocean.”

The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers
who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat
interested in his story. He continued, “Grabbing a rescue line, the father
had to make the most excruciating decision of his life….to which boy he
would throw the other end of the line. He only had seconds to make the

The father knew that his son was a Christian, and he also knew that his
son’s friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be matched by the
torrent of waves. As the father yelled out, ‘I love you, son!’ he threw
the line to his son’s friend. By the time he pulled the friend back to the
capsized boat, his son had disappeared beyond the raging swells into the
black of night. His body was never recovered.”

By this time, the two teenagers were sitting straighter in the pew, waiting
for the next words to come out of the old man’s mouth. “The father,” he
continued, “knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus, and he could
not bear the thought of his son’s friend stepping into an eternity without
Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son. How great is the love of God that
He should do the same for us.” With that, the old man turned and sat back
down in his chair as silence filled the room.

Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old
man’s side. “That was a nice story,” politely started one of the boys, “but
I don’t think it was very realistic for a father to give up his son’s life
in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian.”

“Well, you’ve got a point there,” the old man replied, glancing down at his
worn Bible. A big smile broadened his narrow face, and he once again looked
up at the boys and said, “It sure isn’t very realistic, is it? But I’m
standing here today to tell you that THAT story gives me a glimpse of what
it must have been like for God to give up His Son for me.”

“You see….I was that father, and your pastor was my son’s friend.”

— Author Unknown

About Roger Overweg

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