Weighed in the Balances

Jane Davies janedaviesstudios.com

Jane Davies

“The Lord judges the peoples:
Judge me, O Lord,
according to my righteousness,
according to the my integrity.
Let the evil of the wicked come to an end
but establish the righteous, you who test
all minds and hearts, O righteous God.” ~ Psalm 7:8-9

The carpenter measures
the board by inches & feet
The seamstress cuts her fabric
by the meter & centimeter
A butcher by the pounds

The day laborer gets paid
with the dollar for the hour
The salesman by a commission
on whatever it is he has sold
A soldier is worth his salt

Some teachers grade hard
0 mistakes=A 5 mistakes=F
Others might grade on a curve
average = C the rest relative
How we’re graded we grade

If God grades us by the Law
is there one of us would pass?
If rather God grades by Grace
hope lives for even the worst
As we judge so we’re judged


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to Weighed in the Balances

  1. an especially appreciated reminder for this man poor of measure


  2. thank God it is Grace


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