Saturday, November 9, 2013

Beginning to Sink

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:22-33

Beginning to Sink

It began with high hopes
surprises and miracles
the gift of friends and laughter
singing into the night.

The calm seas never last
and the gentle rolling waves
turn in a moment to terrorists
more fear with every surge.

In this night terror
so alone and tossed about
I am longing for land
I am longing for your strong hand.

I thought we could go on alone
but when the sea revolted
threatening to swallow us
we cried out in panic and fear.

You were always beside us
but we did not see or know you
fear was all we knew
and we let it take our hearts.

Well take my heart and hand again
let me rise from the briny water
let me be a child at your feet
and I will sing for you forever.

No comments: