Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee12 Now when Jesus* heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15 ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.’
17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’* Matthew 4:12-17
Light Has Dawned
It was a dark night with rain
the wind howled through the cedars
the end seemed near and justified
and we cried out in fear and panic.
These storms of our lives
so cruelly fierce and unrelenting
a rabid dog biting down
tearing us down and apart.
The sea reached up covering us
we were sure to drown at night
the wind persisted beyond all
we said our what were our final prayers.
Yet the morning light did shock us
we awoke to birds singing again
there is new life after such destruction
we will hope in the Lord and never fear.