Friend Missing at Sea – Matt Wootton

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English: Matt Wootton, 2005.

Someone I know, an acquaintance I am very fond of, has gone missing at sea, feared lost in a storm. You can be very fond of an acquaintance, I think. They are someone you simply warm to and wish to know better.

I only found out the news via Facebook when a newspaper’s reporter asked if I could help with information about Matt, 35. (Am blowing my anonymity here but what the heck…)

I’d been following Matt’s journey via social media for a year or two. I was astounded that this formerly pale-faced, shy boy was now a bronzed, toned confident explorer, having an absolute blast as he travelled the world without using aeroplanes for environmental reasons.  I sincerely hope he and the other crew members are found. Hopes are fading, it seems. I can’t stop thinking about this.

Funnily enough I was reading and making notes last night, from Tim Keller’s book where he discusses Jesus calming the storm, never dreaming that I’d be reading today about a storm not calmed while someone I know was amid it.

One of Matt’s close friend’s has sung this song for Matt… I don’t know it but here are some of the lyrics:

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me

Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh, give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars

Breathe life into this feeble heart
Lift this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We’ll rise above these earthly cares.

Matt Wootton

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