Columbus trusted God for voyage

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue… October 12 their dream came true; You never saw a happier crew!...”

The research of Peter Marshall and David Manuel resulted in the book “The Light and the Glory,” which tells the story of Columbus and the early years of our nation.

It seems that originally Columbus wanted fame and honor, but (page 34) “How long had it been since he had been willing to accept with a trusting and grateful heart whatever his heavenly father saw fit to bestow upon him?” In a meeting with Father Perez “he had exchanged a heart of stone for a heart of flesh.”

Now things began to work out for him. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain were willing to sponsor his trip, “to discover new lands for the glory of God and his church, and to spread the Gospel of the holy savior to the ends of the earth.”

“The next eight months were to prove among the happiest of Columbus’s life. As a result of his typically meticulous care in the fitting out of his ships, his expedition would be better equipped than many which would cross the Atlantic two centuries later. In Martin and Vicente Pinzon, he had two experienced mariners who shared his vision … they were able to raise first-class crews.” It was difficult to get good sea-worthy ships, but Martin Pinzon owned two of the best (page 36).

On August 3, 1492 his dream was about to come true as the Santa Maria weighed anchor and set sail; on September 8th they left the Canary Islands (page 38).

Finally land was sighted; the voyage was successful and Columbus prayed: “O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, by thy holy word thou hast created the heavens, and the earth, and the sea; blessed and glorified be thy name, and praised be thy majesty, which hath deigned to use us, thy humble servants, that thy holy name may be proclaimed in this second part of the Earth,” (page 41).

What a story! Happy Columbus Day!

Evelyn King, Princeton

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