The Sea of Shalom


There is a sea where no one drowns
Where breathing comes easier the deeper you go
And the feeble in mind or limb no longer flail in fear
At racing currents but leap in joy at buoyant waves
Lifting each torment from the soul,
Releasing the judgment grip of death.

There is a sea where gravity melts
And walking on water comes easier the more you tread
The winding chasms of the turbulent deep
Where churning winds still bring the weary heart
Songs of deliverance in the night
And peace that never ends.

There is a sea where no roads lead but one
That spans the gulf of hell, where demon whispers
Through the night tempt the restless wanderer to despair;
A road that lonely exiles on their journey home
Follow down many-shadowed paths,
And laughing, weeping, run to meet
The bursting fragrance of an endless day
And rushing waves in clear inviting light
That flow out and round them, through and in them,
bursting at their very heart’s core!

There is a sea eternal of shalom,
Flowing with our Father’s steadfast love,
A gift received by simple faith
In Jesus Christ, incarnate God from on high
Who suffered, died, and ascended above
And by His Spirit leads us home
By paths that keep us close by the sea
That washes over poor sinners like me.

Ephesians 2:17-21 
And [Jesus] came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

9 thoughts on “The Sea of Shalom

  1. “. A gift received by simple faith in Jesus Christ incarnate GOD from on high who sudfered died and ascended above…and BY HIS SPIRIT LEADS US HOME” …
    Simple beautiful nugget of our faith.


  2. Colin Harker

    I like your modern take on the psalm; you blend elements of the confessional/autobiography genre (a very Romantic-era mode) with the older psalmic form. The chasms and leaping waves seem almost Coleridgean. Thanks for posting this!

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    1. Thanks to you for helping me see it in the historical context in which you have very kindly placed it. Coleridgian, eh? The Ancient Mariner at the Sea of Shalom: A consummation devoutly to be wished, wouldn’t you say?


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