Tom Prato


Faith Walk


Walking with God is not easy.
Like a horse, impatiently we rush forward
Or like a stubborn mule pull back.
We lack
The calm, steady gait
Of a man of faith.
We cannot wait.

Or often we are still waiting, even when
God wants us to walk
Forward into the sea by divine urging…
(But we would rather wait!)
Till God gives us a push!

And then
It’s a mad rush
Into the surging
Waves (we cannot swim!)
But God says to keep looking,
looking at Him!

How often, like Peter, our fickle faith
Sinks sadly into the Sea of Chinnereth;
The Lord has to stretch out His hand
And bring us into the boat and on to land.

“According to your faith, ” He saith...
But this faith-walk we don’t understand.

Submitted: Saturday, January 28, 2006

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  • Brian Dorn (4/22/2006 10:16:00 PM)

    Tom, outstanding poem! You made some excellent points. Even the disciples of Jesus (Peter and Thomas among them) struggled with their faith ... it's not an easy walk at all. Good write! !
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  • Adrian Wait (4/22/2006 4:09:00 AM)

    well done...thoughtful, and genuine....Love bad me welcome...keep up the good work (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (4/17/2006 1:40:00 PM)

    Faith is an open gesture to all those that can listen when hearing, Beautifully written, such tallent, could you please keep me posted from time to time and let me know of any new poems that you have done as I really value your work, Love Duncan (Report) Reply

  • Raynette Eitel (2/10/2006 1:23:00 PM)

    This is really lovely. It captures what faith is all about...and your image of God urging us to walk into the sea when we cannot swim captures my idea of faith, that 'substance of things hoped for.' Nice work.

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  • Linda Hepner (2/1/2006 5:55:00 PM)

    Don't you think that if we understood faith we'd try to explain it and lose it? I like the idea of us rushing into the water without being able to swim. How else can we get through this life? Really liked this poem, Tom
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  • Ernestine Northover (1/28/2006 1:02:00 PM)

    How right you are Tom, I suppose we will always find excuses, to hold back and not commit ourselves completely. Why I don't know. Great write. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

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