The Peace of God

October 3, 2007

I posted this poem before, but they were embedded deep in another post (this one, if you’re interested).

It has kept coming up in my conversations lately, so I thought I would just post it as a stand alone since I think it is justified.

They cast their nets in Galilee, just off the hills of brown;
Such happy, simple fisherfolk, before the Lord came down.
Contented, peaceful fishermen, before they ever knew
The peace of God that filled their hearts brimful, and broke them too.

Young John who trimmed the flapping sail, homeless in Patmos died.
Peter, who hauled the teeming net, head-down was crucified.
The peace of God, it is no peace, but strife closed in the sod;
Yet, brothers, pray for but one thing — the marvelous peace of God.
         … William Alexander Percy

It has also been adapted to a hymn – #661 in the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal. 



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