Alf Woodford

 

As an experienced seaman, Alf Woodford had a healthy respect for the sea and did not like to take people out fishing with him: If something happens I’ve only got myself to worry about. When he died a well-thumbed mariner’s version of Psalm 23 was found among his few possessions:

Psalm 23, Mariner’s Version
Captain John H. Roberts, 1874

The Lord is my Pilot, I shall not drift.
He leadeth me across the dark waters and steereth
me in the deep channels.
He keepeth my Log and guideth me by the star of
holiness for His Name’s sake.
Yea, though I sail amid the thunders and tempests
of life, I shall dread no danger, for Thou art with
me;
Thy love and Thy care, they shelter me.
Thou preparest a harbour before me in the
homeland of eternity;
Thou anointeth the waves with oil, and my ship
rideth calmly.
Surely sunlight and starlight shall favour me on
the voyage I take, and I will rest in the port of my
Lord forever.