Tuesday, July 07, 2020

day 191


“What then are we to say about these things?” Romans 8:31a

simply this:
God
has not forsaken us
has not forgotten us
has not walked away from us.
God
has a tight grip on us
has wrapped us in love
pours grace into our souls
for
neither foolish politicians
nor those who make bad choices,
neither a virus we cannot see
nor the angry we can hear,
neither what yesterday, today,
nor tomorrow bring, nothing
absolutely not a thing (!)
will ever, will ever, will ever
separate us from the love of
God

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, July 06, 2020

day 190


“Every day I will bless you,
    and praise your name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:2

may my blessing
be more than words,
but justice for the forgotten,
listening to the voiceless,
walking with the lonely.
may my praises
be more than hollow songs,
but laughter with old friends,
welcoming the newcomers,
sharing compassion with the broken.

every day

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, July 05, 2020

day 189


“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’”  Mark 1:14-15 

i use the bitter
words,
i see the cruel
treatment,
i cringe at the hateful
words,
i persist in my hurtful
ways,
and wonder
‘did i miss it,
the day the kingdom
came to town?’

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, July 04, 2020

day 188


He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

unfortunately 
(all too often)
we go with the
variant readings of
loving ourselves before
our neighbors, and
loving you with a
sliver of our hearts,
a horcrux of our souls,
and whenever we
think about you, which
is often just a fleeting
moment

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, July 03, 2020

day 187


"Be gracious to me, O LORD,
         for I am languishing;
   O LORD, heal me, for my
         bones are shaking with
         terror." Psalm 6:2

there are days,
(okay, lately it is
most of these days)
when i can barely summon
the energy to move 
my little toes, much less
bounce out of bed and
get moving through the day,
so comfort my trembling heart,
energize me with your spirit,
walk with me through the day.

(c) 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

day 186


“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

therefore
let us quit judging,
may we stop with
all the snark,
help us to embrace
rather than embargo,
simply open our hearts
to everyone with whom
we disagree
because
we are all in you

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 185


“He answered, ‘Must I not take care to say what the Lord puts into my mouth?’” Numbers 23:12

afraid
we will make
asses of ourselves
speaking out against injustice,
calling for nonviolence,
reminding others of hope,
whispering of grace,
we keep silent,
and you just
shake your head

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 184


day 184

“Hear my prayer, O God;
    give ear to the words of my mouth.” Psalm 54:2

i wet my lips
and people get nervous,
i open my mouth
and they begin to
move away,
i start to speak
and they put their
fingers in their ears,
but you,
you edge closer
and closer
to catch every syllable
i utter

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

day 183


“For he has delivered me
         from every trouble,
   and my eye has looked in
         triumph on my
         enemies.”  Psalm 54:7

running down the street,
the bullies Worry and Fear
close at my heels, i
run faith first into you,
and you scoop me up
in your arms, like a little
child, and as we head
down the street to the
ice cream parlor, i look
back over your shoulder
at my tormentors,
and
give them a big wink

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman