Poems

STILLING THE STORM

Jan 2019    

In the fiefdoms of water
the minions of oceans,
rivers, lakes and wells
await the behests
Of the overlords of weather
and of change.
There are fearsome waters
that can tower over a shore
and ravage a land;
there are waters
that bring life to thirsting soil;
there are waters
that can be harnessed
on the atlas shoulders
of a dam
and there are waters
that bring tranquility
and joy.
Once, on the Sea of Galilee,
the master
of the elemental overlords of water
—Jesus, my Lord
walked on the sea
amid a ship-wrecking storm
and stilled it with a word
into a splutter,
heading for the vessel
where his disciples sat
huddled together,
to assuage their fear
and to let them see
that for Him there were pathways
through troubled waters
and that he could calm
malevolent storms
threatening to snuff them out.
Jesus still walks today
through the baleful storms
and waters of life,
bringing saving grace
to all who call on him.

Matt 14:22—33, Mark 6:47—53, John 6:16—21

Dr Oliver Seet is a member of Wesley Methodist Church and a Board Director of the Metropolitan YMCA.

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