Wednesday, September 28, 2016

how good?

Praise the LORD!
How good it is to sing
         praises to our God;  Psalm 147:1a

   it is that song
      running around my
      brain on a continuous
               loop, while
   in other moments,
      it is that word
                       just on
         the tip of my
your praise is
always inside of me, and
      once in a while,
   i let it out
   to play with

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

can you hear me now?

Transgression speaks to the
    deep in their hearts;  Psalm 36:1a

why is it
we can hear
      a mile away,
but you standing
by our side, inviting,
   'come with me'
always falls on
         deaf ears?

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, September 26, 2016


When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.  Luke 5:11

      we too
      will follow you
until the bungee cord
   binding us to
   out belongings bounces
               us back;
until the chain
      linking us to our
   fears runs taut;
until the umbilical
   pulls us back
   into worry's womb.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, September 25, 2016

got it!

"Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes."  Matthew 13:51

of course, we understand (!)
as we
   nod sagely,
       maintain good eye contact,
   sit upright in chairs (hoping
               the bookstore will
               still have copies of
'The Kingdom is for Dummies'
      in stock.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Make a joyful noise to the
         LORD, all the earth.  Psalm 100:1

clear waters streaming
      over rocks, where
   teenagers clamber;
snakes slithering through
   cows lowing
      in peace;
clouds sailing across
      blue skies, punctured
   by 80-year-old skydivers;
chipmunks skittering
      across back porches,
   cats scratching at
sheep bleating in fields,
   dogs whimpering
                in naps -
join in a joyful

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman 

Friday, September 23, 2016


The LORD answer you in the
         day of trouble!  Psalm 20:1a

we step on the
         porch, and
   hear the TV turned off
   and the whispered 'pretend
            we're not home';
we stand on the
      corner, the
   hand-painted 'please help'
         in our hands, and
      are given glares or
      puddles splashed in
   our faces;
we look for that
         one person who
         will notice our
      weary eyes and
      fear-etched visage,
   but everyone is
   staring at their devices;
but you
       throw open the door,
   give us a job,
       smile and simply
say, 'tell me about it;
   got all the time
                 you need.'

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, September 22, 2016


So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.  Acts 19:20

sometimes your word
      towers over us
      like a yew tree,
   (but then like) a
         flower encircling
         our noses with its
it can bring us
         up short in our
         foolishness, and
   send us on long
   journeys to others;
it can sound like
      a teacher grabbing
      our yawning attention, or
   tickly us like the
   silly jokes of

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman