To God what is God’s

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         They asked, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” he said, “Show me the coin used for the tax.” They brought him a denarius. He said, “Whose image is this?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” He said, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s… and to God the things that are God’s.”
                  —Matthew 22.19-21

The coin, stamped with the emperor’s image,
is the emperor’s.
Give it to the emperor.

And I, made in your image, God,
are yours.
I give myself to you.

What will it mean
to give myself to you today?
How might I drop the coin of my life
into your open hand,
each moment again,
to give myself away
for you to spend
as you please?

I give myself to you.


Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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