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A Debt left unpaid in Pompeii

Rev. Scott Haynes


In the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans we read:

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:7).

Among the ruins of Pompei there are markings on the wall of what was once a tavern. These jottings show the credit extended to customers. All accounts are marked paid except one - a debt that will be forever unpaid. For one day with staggering suddenness Vesuvius erupted, the lava flowed and all in Pompei was frozen at its particular stage of accomplishment or non-accomplishment. We have debts of kindness to be paid to our fellowman, and we must not miss the chance to meet these debts now while we are able; for the danger is that these obligations will be unfulfilled: debts

forever outstanding against us.

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