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."
"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
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