Wednesday, February 22, 2017

day 53

So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron.  He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!"  Exodus 32:3-4

taking the
   shouts of anger,
   alternative facts of
         fear,
   whispers of woe
from our ears, we
      melt them down
      into those gods
we would rather
worship than
   you.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

day 52

He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;  Mark 6:8

   with
your love
   which can overcome
        hate;
your hope
   which can fill
        despair's emptiness;
your grace
   which can change
        all lives (even
                      ours);
your peace
   which can build
        bridges to others,

we have all we
      need
to go out into the world
every day.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, February 20, 2017

day 51

Such is the company of those
         who seek him,
   who seek the face of the
         God of Jacob.  Psalm 24:6

in the little kids
who read to
      the cats and dogs
      at the no-kill shelter;
in the teenagers
gathering up blankets
         for those who
   sleep on the streets;
in the retirees
who travel the country
   as Mr. and Mrs. Claus
   to visit children in hospitals;
in all who do more
unnoticed
      than all the attention
      seekers ever accomplish,
we discover the
   company
we should keep.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, February 19, 2017

day 50

You prepare a table before
         me
   in the presence of my
         enemies;  Psalm 23:5:a

in the midst of
      those who trouble
               us, may
   we lay out a
         picnic,
   so in the breaking
      of the bread,
hearts might be
         mended,
   old slights brushed
   away with the
      crumbs,
and bridges built
   across the blanket
   spread across grace's
          lawn.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, February 18, 2017

day 49

He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how."  Mark 4:26-27

the further we
   are willing to
   journey with
                     faith,
      holding fast to
      her hands, sharing
      each meal, and
         a sleeping bag
         at night, the
closer we come
to that place
   which awaits
us.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, February 17, 2017

day 48

If you take your neighbor's cloak in pawn, you shall restore it before the sun goes down; for it may be your neighbor's only clothing to use as cover; in what else shall that person sleep?  And if your neighbor cries out to me, I will listen, for I am compassionate.  Exodus 22:26-27

compassion:

the coat gathering
dust in the closet,
      warming a refugee;
the staples sitting
on the pantry shelf
for the meal no longer
on the menu,
      feeding folks at a shelter;
the arm which could
push away the bullied teenager,
      reaching out to draw
      him into comfort;
the ear tuned to the
latest reality show,
      listening to the
      grief of a widow.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, February 16, 2017

day 47

The people all answered as one: "Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do."  Exodus 19:8a

of course,
      we will do
everything*
   you ask of us!

*except for
   welcoming the outsider,
   lifting up the fallen,
   caring for the most vulnerable,
   loving our enemies,
   forgiving over and over,
   sharing from our abundance,
and other ridiculous ideas
we know you haven't
really thought through.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman