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Hurricanes and the Gospel
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By Quentin Clingerman
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Hurricanes and the Gospel


Hurricanes of religious bigotry, ferociously intense
Lash the shores of mutual respect and trust
Threatening a tempest wild; turbulence of recrimination
Lightening bolts of intemperate speech, thunder claps of
loud harangue
Answered by cyclonic messages threatening to sweep all into
destructive despair

Yet, there comes the gentle breeze of peace
From above the blackened skies severe
A calmness of faith and love that, if encouraged by prayer,
Can turn the raging tempest into waters of understanding,
As Jesus spoke and the storm on the Sea of Gallilee subsided

Quiet winds of gentleness, meekness, "Blessing those who curse you."
"Doing good to those who despitefully use you."

Hurricanes and the Gospel (c) 2002 Quentin Clingerman

Author's note: In order not to build resentment and stir religious hatred in this nation, it is imperative that we all respect one another whatever our religion. We need not accept or agree with another's religion to respect his/her right to believe as he/she wishes. Listening to one another with mutual respect will go a long way to alleviate fear and mistrust. It is the heart of the Gospel that we "hold fast our faith" and "do onto others as we would have them do unto us."

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Submitted: Monday, November 25, 2002

Last Updated: Sunday, March 8, 2009

About the Poet
I am a retired educator. Now 85 years of age. I live in Maryland. I am the father of three ladies and thirteen grandchildren. Four grandchildren now married. I have two great grandsons, Koi Jon and Quinn Manu and a great granddaughter,Sephira Jade. Poems are an expression of how I think and feel. Variety in either case! I am the founder of WordChimes.com WC originated in February, 2000.

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