Friday, March 2, 2018

Being Swamped

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

The gale force winds are raging
I am baling without any relief
Surely this will be my final day
there is no more breath only panic.
The dark is overwhelming me
God are you really sleeping in this?
the coast is invisible to me
there is no one to rescue me.
We humans are always afraid
because we feel we have control
we hold so tight to what is not ours
we choke out life and cannot breathe.
Yet our Creator is in the midst of this too
the swirling and the dark chaos sings
the songs of promise and new suns
the dawn is coming from on high.

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