Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Second Wednesday of Advent

“But he placed his right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,’”  Revelation 1:17b

we stand gazing
at the twinkling tree
with the handed down
ornaments, the garlands
of strung popcorn, the
lights of different shapes,
the cat trying to sneak
up the trunk unnoticed, but
before we go for hot cocoa
and cookies we decorated earlier,
you hand us a wooden star with
‘do not be afraid’
carved by you long ago, and
you lift us up as we stretch
to top the tree with it

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Second Tuesday of Advent

“Then Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees,’”  Amos 7:14 

prophet? no thanks,
but i would be
a border collie
to guide the forgotten home;
a clothier for all
stripped by the
anger of the world;
a heart which
cares for all who
are bullied by
the rich and powerful

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, December 09, 2019

Second Monday of Advent

“’Look! He is coming with the clouds;
    every eye will see him,’”  Revelation 1:7a

you will come back
as a homeless veteran
looking after the feral cats,
the woman teaching
her grandson how to fly fish,
a child who will grow up
to develop cancer’s cure,
than a star
falling out of the sky

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Second Sunday of Advent

“Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all day long.”  Psalm 25:5

sitting in my favorite
chair, waiting for you
to ring the doorbell, i
never see you
planting justice
in broken communities,
harvesting handfuls
of hope for those
whose souls are empty,
gathering the lost,
the lonely, the leftouts
into your embrace

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, December 07, 2019

First Saturday of Advent

“Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing,”  Jude 24

clear up the zits
caused by our snits;
grab our hands
every time we start
to trip over our foolishness;
you open the door
to your heart, handing
us the song sheets for
the praises we refuse to learn

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, December 06, 2019

First Friday of Advent

“I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.’”
 Psalm 16:2

the peace which
calms my anger;
the balm which
mends my brokenness;
the joy which
sets my soul dancing;
the wonder which
widens my eyes;
the grace which
makes me more generous;
the life which
makes mine complete

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, December 05, 2019

First Thursday of Advent

“For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind,
    reveals his thoughts to mortals,”  Amos 4:13a

we strain to understand
where you are in these times,
noticing your joy in
the giggles of kids
wrapping presents
behind closed doors;
feeling your tenderness
in the paper-thin hands
of our grandparents;
hearing your passion
for justice in the cries
of those who stand in
the shadows of those
rushing by to spend more

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman