Walking on water II 1995
Oil on board 76.2x101.5cm
'Lord if it is you' Peter replied 'tell me to come to you on the water'.
'Come' he said. Matthew 6 v27
To step out of ourselves onto that sea
Forsaking every safety that we know
Becoming for one moment wholly free
That in that moment endless trust may grow.
To step into that love which calls us out
From all evasions of one central choice
Besieged by winds of fear and waves of doubt
Yet summoned by that everlasting voice.
To walk on water in astonished joy
Towards those outstretched arms which draw us near
Then caught by winds which threaten to destroy
We sink into the waters of our fear.
Yet underneath all fears and false alarms
Are sinking, held, by everlasting arms.
From Fire Sonnets