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 — Joni Overton-Jung *See Mark 6:48–51.
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