what is this water walking, Jesus,
blue-brushed sky lowering toward
squint to cross the deepening—
God, you have for us something more?
thought at last the dream to sleep;
light receding, gone the shore
when you sudden wake the storm;
stirring, pulling into more!
urging us step clear the net,
risking life your waves to trace,
promise should we falter reach us;
turn your gale-blown night embrace.
–William B. Jones, on Matthew 14:23-33
(from “Before the Amen)