Saturday, November 18, 2017

day 322

But you have dishonored the poor.  James 2:6a

sadly, we
treat those who
   struggle to put
      food on the table,
   cannot seem to
      hold a job,
   stand on street corners
      holding hand-made signs
as if
      they were
dishonorably discharged
from life.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, November 17, 2017

day 321

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.  James 1:22

strangely,
   peace
      hope
         grace
      mercy
never seem
to end up
on our
   to-do lists.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, November 16, 2017

day 320

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

yesterday
   you were cradling
   children in a school
         lockdown;
this morning,
   you are standing
   with the workers
   on the corner hoping
         for a day job;
tomorrowandtomorrowandtomorrow
   you will be
   wherever we are,
         even when we
      don't notice.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

day 319

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God;  Hebrews 12:15a

we are not
to parcel out
         grace
   as if it
   were an endangered
      species, but
pour it into
   others' lives
as if it were
a bottomless
      cup of
coffee.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

day 318

so the LORD surrounds his
         people,  Psalm 125:2

as our nightmares
      tiptoe down
      the hallway, creaking
   every fearboard
   with each step,
you swaddle us
in grace,
      drawing us up
      into your lap,
whispering hope
in our hearts.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, November 13, 2017

day 317

We have escaped like a bird
   from the snare of the
         fowlers;  Psalm 124:7a

while the Fouler
      was busy partying,
   you
crept in
      and, opening
death's cage,
   set us
free.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, November 12, 2017

day 316

Sheol and Abaddon are
         never satisfied,  Proverbs 27:20a

no matter
how often we feed
   the Destroyer of
   our hopes and dreams,
there
is always
         a hunger
   in the pit
   of its
stomach.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman