Judgement or Grace?

Debbie Miller
Feb 13, 2021

Angry at his ineptitude

I quickly criticized

But then I saw insecurity

Flash across his eyes

He looked like he’d

been living rough

But his choices

were not wise.

Emotionally ,I felt torn

Should I judge?

Should I show grace?

If he stayed on

his current path,

Such struggles

he would face

But I’d been low

myself before

Where I saw no way out.

Should he not see

Christ through me?

Wasn’t grace

what life’s about?

I reached down

to pull him up.

Put my anger

on the shelf.

Decided to treat him

Just like

I would want


to treat myself.

I saw a flash of gratitude

on his worn tired face

Embracing my humanity

I extended to him grace.



Debbie Miller

I am a child of the universe, poet, philosopher and idealist and teacher.