Here’s a poem that speaks to the power of Christ, divine Truth, as our “shelter from all storms.”

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and from the mountain top
Jesus saw them, his disciples –
toiling in rowing
their ship
in the midst of the sea

and as they struggled,
braced against the wind,
oars pressed to unfriendly waters

he walked to them
     over wave
     through gale
     unhurried
     unharried

“be of good cheer”
he said,
“be not afraid,
                       it’s me.”

up into the ship he went
(no labored hoisting,
no desperate rescue)
and the wind ceased*

the peace,
                       a resounding hush

see the wake he leaves –
message etched on now still waters:

walk over, not into or with**
buffetings, bluster, rage, fear
walk over, not into or with
torrents, tempest, rancor, despair

walk with me,
Christ:
inner voice of calm
truth teller
divine oasis
your shelter from all storms

*See Mark 6:48-51.
**See Mary Baker Eddy, “Unity of Good,” p. 11.

Originally published in the Jan. 8, 2018, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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