I must have been seven years old
the first time I heard the story
of Jesus calming the storm.
Being young and credulous,
I accepted it simply. The fishermen’s
amazement came to me
later in life. I, too, learned to question,
“Who then is this that even
the wind and the sea obey him?”
I also learned to question why
doesn’t he do it now. I watch
on TV the oil creep up the shore
of south Florida and I wonder
what the word of authority
would command and through
which channel the command
would flow. I guess I’m asking
how to pray to the One who is the same
yesterday today and forever. With what
words and to whom should I ask him to direct
them? To the ooze floating on the surface,
“Peace! Be dissolved!”?
To the breach on the ocean floor,
“Peace! Be closed!”?
Oh, Lord of the wind and the sea,
of the minerals and the gasses, of the fish,
the pelicans and the marshlands, say something
now. I strain to hear your voice
as the stench of our sin and the silence
of your people begin to overwhelm.