Monday, May 29, 2017

day 149

"Blessed be your good sense, and blessed be you . . . "    1 Samuel 25:33

bless us
with common sense,
that we might
      see others
      through your eyes,
   not our fears;
that we might
      understand the loneliness
      of those around us,
   and not remain detached
   from them;
that we might
      judge, not with
      bitterness and anger,
   but with compassion
   tipping the scales
towards grace.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, May 28, 2017

day 148

Jesus answered, "I told you that I am."  John 18:8

facing evil
   with love,
staring down injustice
   with grace,
striding into death
   for our sakes,
being at our side
   through grace,
you are
so
we can be.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, May 27, 2017

day 147

"As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world."  John 17:18

send us
not as experts
      but as learners;
not as heroes
      but as helpers;
not as professionals
      but migrant workers;
not as saviors,
      but as servants;
not as ours,
      but as theirs.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, May 26, 2017

day 146

God gives the desolate a
         home to live in;
   he leads out the prisoners
         to prosperity,
   but the rebellious live in a
         parched land.  Psalm 68:6

you transform
your heart into
      a boarding house
      for the lonely;
you create
start-ups for
      those just released
      from jail;
you turn our
arid lives
      into fountains
      of hope.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, May 25, 2017

day 145

"Abide in me as I abide in you."  John 15:4a

because we are
                 sure
you won't let us
   put our feet up
      on the coffee table,
   stand at the fridge
      and drink milk right
      from the container,
   leave our dirty socks
      scattered on the floor,
                 we
just aren't ready
to move into your heart,
                 or
have you move
into ours, if you
   are going to spend
   all your time
straightening up
   everything.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

day 144

In the path of righteousness
         there is life,
   in walking its path there is
         no death.  Proverbs 12:28

may we sweep
      aside the pebbles
      of fear;
   pull the weeds
   oppression planted;
      fill in the potholes
      caused by the
      steady drip of despair,
so
all may walk
the way to
justice and hope.

(c) 2017  Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

manchester

some will  
         build
   a wall
out of flowers and candles,
cards and tweets,
photographs and memories,
fears and tears, a place
where we can come
and let our tears drop
into that river
which longs to cleanse
the streets of grief;

some would
         build
   a wall  
out of rhetoric and
   platitudes, the
old accusations placed
word by word to reinforce
suspicions based on ignorance,
arrogance grounded in privilege,
beliefs founded on untruths;

some long to
         build
   a wall
around speech
with which they disagree,
enclosing faiths
they are taught are unbelievers,
between people who
are not enough like them;

a bridge could be
         built
between shattered hearts
and dreams turned to ashes,
between those who are misunderstood
and those who are misinformed,
between neighbors who have lived there forever
and immigrants longing for a community,
between people of all faiths and none
who share the common commitment
to peace, justice, love, and hope

but sometimes
it is just easier
to be wall builders.


© 2017 Thom M. Shuman

day 143

Come and hear, all you who
         fear God,
   and I will tell what he has
         done for me.  Psalm 66:16

have you heard
         about
   those who ran
      toward carnage;
   those who
      carried their friends
      to safety;
   those who refuse
      to let fear control
      their lives?

come, and listen . . .

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman