Walking on the Sea, part 3

Peter, forgetting everything, stands up and shouts —

No – it’s me, it’s you, isn’t it?

Peter tells Jesus what to say: Tell me to come to you.

Jesus replies: Come.

Peter steps onto the water.

It’s an act of suicidal abandon, yet the story gives no sense that he acted out of despair. No, he acted out of crazy wild desire and trust. What did he want that much?

What religion tells a story like this? A religion that is trying every way it knows to tell us what God is like. God cannot be described, but a glimpse of God – a tiny glimpse that still overwhelms all knowledge and reason — can make you willing to step onto a raging sea.

Sometimes it’s me, shouting. Is it ever you?

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