Saturday, July 22, 2017

day 203

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Romans 7:15

i know i
should be
      gracious,
   forgiving,
      accepting, but
as a lifelong
       member
of the Saved
Beyond a Doubt
   (reformed) Church,
i am guided
by that strong
            streak of
   self-justification
to control those
around me.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, July 21, 2017

day 202

For my soul is full of
         troubles,
   and my life draws near to
         Sheol.  Psalm 88:3

Fret, Sweat, and
      their brother, Bother,
   keep nudging me
   closer to the edge, whispering,
'it's just a short
             step down,'
      but
you are there
building a bridge
   so we can
   cross the Pit
hand in hand.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, July 20, 2017

day 201

From there I will give her
         her vineyards,
   and make the Valley of
         Achor a door of hope.  Hosea 2:15a

we stand,
staring despondently
through
      the links in
      the fence, then
you come along,
   picking the lock,
   patching the pitfalls
   opening the concession stand,
and
      letting us in
  to play on the fields
of wonder.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

day 200

Hear this, you that trample
         on the needy,
   and bring to ruin the poor
         of the land,  Amos 8:4

in our rush
to get the newest
   of the inest
      of the faddest,
we knock over
those who
can't even afford
   the left-overs
   we so casually toss
aside

in our rush . . .

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

day 199

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  Romans 5:1-2

we've triple firewalled
and 64-bit-encrypted our
         hearts, but
you simply type
JESUS
   in as the password
and hack us, so
we can be infected
with the grace virus.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, July 17, 2017

day 198

But let justice roll down like
         waters,
   and righteousness like an
         everflowing stream.  Amos 5:24

forgive us
         when we
   think justice is
      best served a
   drop at a time, and
we dam up hope's
river with our
   forms and regulations.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, July 16, 2017

day 197

Righteousness will go before
         him,
   and will make a path for
         his steps.  Psalm 85:13

Justice & Daughters Restoration, LLC
leads the way, filling
      in oppression's potholes
      with grace and hope, as
   God
      takes the vulnerable
      by the hands
to lead them
            home.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman