the Way of grace


we sit down
with our sharpened pencils,
to chart out the
longitude and latitude
of your grace
to keep running
out of paper;

we tie a string
around each sin,
dropping them into
your sea of forgiveness,
to discover we can
never plumb its depths;

we scrabble and scrape,
push and pummel ourselves
from Land’s End to John o’ Groats*
on our self-planned journey,
to find
we are at the
starting point
of your Way;

how foolish we are
to try to limit you
by our imagination

Thom M. Shuman, pastor/poet in Ohio


We have been ransomed through his Son’s blood,
and we have forgiveness for our failures
based on his overflowing grace,
which he poured over us with wisdom and understanding.


2 thoughts on “the Way of grace

  1. I love the very graphic and unusual way he expressed things in this prayer. I wondered if the one line should read, “we attach a rock to each sin…” and thereby capture the picture of a rock plunging downward into the sea never to reach the bottom of God’s grace.


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