Teach us to number our days
That we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Construct a calendar of grace,
Genesis days and moon-marked months.
Make a Christian year: add
Blessings, subtract sins, divide
Sorrow, multiply love –
An arithmetic to confound the devil.
—“The New Math” is from Eugene H. Peterson, Holy Luck: Poems ©2013, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission of the publisher; all rights reserved.
Peterson is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver. Among his many other books are The Jesus Way, Tell it Slant and the popular contemporary Bible translation The Message.