Peace, Be Still - Poem by Royston Allen
Petrified in the boat they were panicking
as the ocean waves cascaded in.
Then He awoke and commanded the sea,
saying “Peace, Be still, ” with authority.
Amazed they saw the wind and waves subside
“What manner of man is this, ” they then cried.
as the storm was quietened and the winds cease.
His word was obeyed, they were left in peace.
Mightier than the tempestuous sea.
Mightier than the thunderstorm is He.
This Almighty One is Sovereign Lord
and even winds and waves obey His word.
He reigned supreme before all life began
as creator of heaven, earth and man.
The living Word and the Almighty One,
Alpha and Omega God’s only Son.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, 'Let us go over to the other side.' Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don't you care if we drown? '
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still! ' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? '
They were terrified and asked each other, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him! '
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