Tuesday, January 24, 2017

day 24

Do not let loyalty and
         faithfulness forsake
         you;
   bind them around your
         neck,
   write them on the tablet of
         your heart.  Proverbs 3:3

from the jewelry box
on top of the bureau,
      you take the necklace
      crafted long ago by Spirit
      when she was young,
   with beads of hope strung
   on the strands of kinship,
and placing it
around our necks, you
   whisper, 'you'll
   always have my heart.'

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, January 23, 2017

day 23

You would confound the
         plans of the poor,
   but the LORD is their
         refuge.  Psalm 14:6

we hold hoops
      for the poor
      to jump through,
   while you make
   snow angels with them;
we write regulations
      enabling the hungry
      to receive our leftovers,
   while you take them
   out for dinner;
we look down our noses
      at those standing on corners
      with hand-scrawled appeals,
   and you offer them
   a lift to your heart.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, January 22, 2017

day 22

With that, Joseph hurried out, because he was overcome with affection for his brother, and he was about to weep.  So he went into a private room and wept there.  Genesis 43:30

noticing the scarfed
   teenager sitting alone
   on the bus;
listening to the
   immigrant child
   translating for his
           parents;
comforting those
   who find themselves
   outsiders looking in,
we meet our family,
      and weep
for our loss in
not knowing them
all our lives.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, January 21, 2017

day 21

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"  Matthew 14:31

when we wonder
if the new captain even
   knows the bow
   from the stern;
when we worry
that justice
   will be jettisoned
   over the side;
when we fear
that the vulnerable
   will be left behind,
may the winds of faith
continue to refresh us,
   so we may journey
   with you until we reach
the shores of compassion,
      inclusion,
      peace, and
      hope.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman
  

Friday, January 20, 2017

day 20

When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. Matthew 14:14

when
we step over
the homeless on our way
      to buy another
      $5 coffee;
we give our
cast-offs to the
      shivering kids instead
      of a new coat;
we throw out
enough food to
      feed another
   family,
we have left our
compassion
back in the boat
once again.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, January 19, 2017

day 19

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."  Matthew 13:44

we could mend
      crumbling and
      hungering-for-hope
                   neighborhoods,
   but since we think
   no one of value resides
         in such places, we
spend the money
on ourselves
                    (again)

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

day 18

They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer."  Genesis 37:14

they come with
dreams cradled in their
                   hopes:
   that children can be lifted
         out of poverty;
   that peace could emerge
         from the ashes of war;
   that people just might
         learn how to love each other,
and
we toss them and their dreams
in the empty bin, as
      we watch reality shows
      hosted by con artists
   eager to fill our hollow souls
   with even more emptiness.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman