On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41
Those days roll upon us
when normal becomes disaster
when our breath is knocked out
when we can taste and touch the fear.
Are we being punished for forgotten sin
is God slumbering calmly at the wheel
are we to die without understanding
left on our own weakling devices?
Human vulnerable and weary
the living God is present in the vessel
despite of the threatening dire and dangers
we are never lost and never alone.
Lift up you head and gaze forward
there is not a storm we cannot survive
there is no enemy that will conquer
peace be calm is our word today.