"PEACE, BE STILL"

Mark 4:36–39

There came a sudden storm of mortal fearsThat beat into the consciousness of thoseDisciples who became afraid untilThey cried unto the Master, who aroseAnd calmed the troubled air with "Peace, be still."Behold how truly all the elementsObeyed the stilling finger and the voiceOf Jesus standing there. The other shipsWere also blessed, and many yet rejoiceIn that sweet power—that "Peace" upon his lips.

But peace is more than mere tranquillityOf lapping tide or depth of rolling sea.It is the sign of freedom from despair,The pure effect of now—eternity—Without the former tyranny of care.The Christ is here to still repeated woesAnd bring true peace to every seeker's thoughtThat seemed confused and wandering astray;To bind his wounds and show him what he sought—A safer tread along the narrow way.

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