New Hymns for the Lectionary
Proper 15C - Gospel

Where Tempests Never Rage
TEXT: Mark Ryman (2004) based on Luke 12:49-56.
Lancashire" Henry T. Smart (1813-1879).

I have come to cast fire
upon the world you know.
How I wish it were kindled
but I must undergo
a fellowship of suff’ring,
a baptism of blood,
a storm of anguished passion
so you might know your God.

You should have seen this coming,
this coming of a storm —
clouds coming from the great sea;
you have all been forewarned.
My coming is with terror,
as with a hurricane;
and I have not come with peace —
upsetting each tartane.

You know of storms and watches
and even weatherfronts.
But will you heed my warning
so you might fill your bunts
and set sail toward the kingdom
where true peace rules the day
and squalls are never suffered —
where tempests never rage?

© 2004, Mark E. Ryman

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