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Saved From The Depths
Blanco church of Christ
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014

Harrison Okene of Nigeria was working as a cook on a Tugboat when a heavy swell caused the vessel to capsize and his boat sank to the sea bed in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. "I was dazed and everywhere was dark as I was thrown from one end of the small cubicle to another," Okene told Nigeria's Nation newspaper. Then he began to wait and he prayed to be rescued having no idea that the rest of the crew had perished. By the time divers arrived and navigated down to the ship, their purpose was only to look for bodies. So when a hand appeared everybody assumed it was another corpse. But when the diver went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him! Imagine that for a moment.

When Okene waited for rescue he had recited the last psalm his wife had sent by text message, sometimes called the Prayer for Deliverance, which begins with the plea: " Save me, O God, by your name” (Psalm 54). After 60 hours of being trapped in a capsized tugboat, breathing the ever-dwindling oxygen left in an air pocket, clinging to thoughts of his loved ones, the words of a beloved psalm, and the prayerful hope of rescue, Okene was found and brought to safety. “I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good. For He has delivered me from all my troubles.” (Psalm 54:6-7) Our Father has a way of deliverance for each of us through the Christ. If you seek Him, you can find Him. Come and learn of His way.

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