My personal testimony, published in tract form in May, 2010.
Lubec to Searsport
There are four lighthouses in or near where I was born in Lubec in 1930 – The West Quoddy Head Light (the one with the large red and white stripes) is on the most easterly point of land in the U.S. and is located in South Lubec. Part of this conundrum is cleared up when one understands that there is an East Quoddy Head Light on Campobello. It has a large red cross as its distinctive marker.
My grandfather was stationed nearby in Carrying Place Cove as a member of the U.S. Life Saving Service (the forerunner of the Coast Guard). He told me stories of people being rescued from a wreck on Sail Rock by using a Breeches Buoy. This high rock just off shore from the Light was one of the coastal dangers to ships coming around the headland into Quoddy Bay.
A line is shot from a small canon across from the main land into the ship’s rigging to which a heavier line is attached, hauled across and made fast on both ends. A seat resembling a pair of short pants was suspended on a pulley attached to the rope and a person in the seat was pulled to safety by the lighter line.
As a fourteen year old boy I realized while attending the Lubec Ridge Baptist Church that I was a sinner, wrecked on the rocks of life. A friend shared the good news with me that Christ, God’s Son died on the cross for my sins and one late summer day on Porcupine Mountain near my home, he led me to pray the sinner’s prayer which resulted in my being born again on the spot. My life was dramatically changed. Christ was my Breeches Buoy.
I praise God that I had the privilege of serving Him as a pastor of Evangel Baptist Church in Bucksport for forty years. Now I live in retirement in Searsport. I love the old stories of the sailing days here in Maine. This was the home of a great many sea captains and the Penobscot Marine Museum here is the place to go to learn about them. It has a small canon that was used to shoot a lifeline across the dark waves.
Most important of all, there is a lighthouse, the Lighthouse Bible Church where the same good news is preached by my pastor. My greatest joy these days is to throw out a lifeline to people who need the salvation Christ alone can give. If I can be of any help to you, dear friend, please call me at 548-6222 or visit my website: oldmainepastor.com.
The Bible says: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts16:31). Why not pray this simple prayer as I did, "Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I want to be saved and know I will go to heaven when I die. Please come into my heart right now, amen." Now seek help from someone who can teach you from the Bible the basis and importance of this step. C.M.