by Michael Shoemaker
Jesus answered a Pharisee of two different debtors one of five hundred pence another of fifty. Though different debtors the same for both had nothing to pay to free themselves from their equal mountains of unpaid debt. Not one penny could either pay. It could have been one penny or a million, impossible for both. In my miserable sin, I sit and see the math of infinite mercy in that He frankly forgave them both. Though years ago in Capernaum taught words come to my mind and heart clear as the first bold break of the sun over the mountains “My son, I forgive you all, you are free.”
Michael Shoemaker is a poet, writer, and photographer. His writing has appeared in Ancient Paths Literary Journal, the Christian Courier, The Compass Literary Magazine and elsewhere. He lives in Magna, Utah with his wife, and son where he enjoys looking out on the Great Salt Lake every day. He is looking forward to two of his poems being published in the Poetry Pacific Anthology in 2024.