By Katherine Jeffrey

Arts: Being Still


                 Still to Know

                       (Luke 8:22-25)

                        And are we still to know that thou art God?
                        The sea tells no mercy.
                        Dark powers assail, enthrall,
                        unfathoming deeps, submerging stars.
                        As hope gives way the battered vessel groans:
                        no faith, no love, can see us through this night —
                        our timber torn, all ballast tossed and lost.
                              My God, My God!
                              Shall we perish while you
                              in the eye of the storm
                              incredibly, sleep?

                        But still thou art whom all the waves obey;
                        A hush descends as gently as you rise.
                        Softspoken winds meek homage pay.
                        Under scattering dark our wonder reckons signs
                        that even quaking knees shall bow
                        and faltering tongues confess thee Prince of Peace.
                              Be still my soul.
                              We shall yet live as wakes
                              in the eye of the storm
                              incredibly, God.


Art: “Peace Be Still” by He Qi.

Art work used by permission of the artist He Qi. See more of He Qi’s art and read about his life and work at the He Qi Gallery .

About the Author

Katherine Jeffrey graduated with a Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College when the world was young.  Since then she has been a professional book editor and freelance writer, academic wife, homeschooling mom, and occasional dabbler in the literary arts. Her slim sheaf of poems owes to the encouragement of Vincent van Gogh: “if you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” A transplanted Canadian, she lives with her husband David on Lake Whitney in central Texas.

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