The Prayer of Serene Love

"And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?" And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." 1

"Upon my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves...I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the hinds of the field, that you stir not up nor awaken love until it please. " 2

Serene Love

An endless sea, hushed and serene,
Stretched out before the rising sun.
The pigments melt on tapestry:
Reflect the sun's lucidity.

A sailor's ship strokes in the midst
Of melting glaze and staining glass.
The ship's Master sleeps peacefully
As sea and sky join seamlessly.

A soul sailing in perfect prayer
Cradles the Master's deepest sleep.
It gently strokes Love's tapestry:
Reflects the Father's Majesty.

Hearts below join Heaven above:
The perfect prayer of Serene Love.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Mark 4:37-39
2. Song of Songs, ch 3:1,4-5