Sunday, January 26, 2020

What is a debt?

After Matthew 6:12

What is a debt, to be
forgiven? A momentary
transaction, to be sure,
but the implication is
larger, something owed.
It might be monetary; but
the idea of debt suggests
something owed. Gossip
is a debt; a damaged
reputation is a debt. Fraud
is a debt. Substitution
is a debt. Life is a debt.
To repay the debt, we are
to forgive as we are
forgiven, to live a life
of honor and service,
a life of atonement,
of mercy given freely,
of good bestowed widely,
as it has been given to us.
as it has been atoned
for us. 

Photograph by Ian Espinosa via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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