by Mark Weinrich
His embroidered robe was worth more than most people made in a lifetime, yet soiling it or ruining it was not even on his mind, when that chief tax collector climbed the sycamore tree. Zacchaeus had to see Jesus. The absurdity of that rich man clinging to a limb was too much for Jesus, laughter spilled up with hilarious delight. “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house.” The rich man couldn’t believe it. “He wants to stay with me!” Gladness overwhelmed him and then Zacchaeus heard the crowd’s grumbling. When he offered restitution, Jesus beamed again. “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Jesus takes great delight in finding treasure, treasure in a human heart that no one dreamed was there.
Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 139 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.