6-4 Arrears

This is a daily contention for me. How much to I–we–owe Messiah Jesus?




I am stretched between who I am

And in Christ, who I should be:

A tug-of-war—me and the Lamb—

I vie, I strain, relentlessly.


It seems, dear Lord, you watch and stand

When I awake on any day.

How shall I follow your command?

Will I obey or go astray?


“The peace of God, it is no peace…”*

I am—but never pay my debt.

What I owe You, how could I cease

To give enough, and end regret?

         *Lyrical excerpt from William Alexander Percy’s hymn “They cast their nets in Galilee…”