Two Storms

by Mark Weinrich

Sometimes we’re baffled
just like the disciples, when Jesus
leads us into storms.
Then we think His calming
the tempest was just about us, but we’ve
forgotten the second storm
churning in the life of a traumatized man.
I wonder if Jesus saw him even before 
He directed the disciples to launch out 
for the other side. 

There waiting in the most pitiful state
was a naked man tormented beyond any other
the disciples had ever faced. We remember
Jesus casting out the legion of demons
and the swine herd drowning in the lake.
And here we see the second calm,
the demon distressed man seated with Jesus
clothed and in his right mind. Who clothed
him? Did Jesus take off his robe?

When we’re life-tossed and desperate
it’s good to look around, to remember
who is with us through this storm 
and perhaps who we may find waiting
on the other shore.

Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 138 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.

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