Calm Within the Maelstrom

To be born into a maelstrom
and to somehow find peace within it.

To possess great power by not seeking it.

To unite disparate elements by striving not to divide.

To not mock or ridicule those you disagree with
because you know giving grace is much more powerful
than seeking to disgrace.

To not be taken in by those who would crown you king
knowing that however gifted,
no man is God.

These are qualities to be admired.
These are traits we would pray our children emulate.

© Joel Tipple
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