Tuesday, August 20, 2019


“Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord.”  Psalm 4:5

may we share
from hope’s harvest;
may grace
be the first
as well as the
last fruits
we offer to those
around us

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

the wake

“You have turned my mourning into dancing;
    you have taken off my sackcloth
    and clothed me with joy,”  Psalm 30:11

at the wake,
you see me standing
against the wall, and
taking me by the hand,
lead me out on the floor,
to teach me joy’s jig,
draping your shawl of grace
over my weeping heart

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, August 19, 2019


“Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves;”  Mark 11:15

when we think
this story permits
us to hurl venom
at others (because
they make us madder
than a hornet),
remind us that you
were trying to overturn
a system of injustice,
not venting

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, August 18, 2019


“so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham.”  Galatians 3:7

believing the wild
stories of prevaricators;
buying up stock in
worthless fears;
putting our trust
in the hands of those who
would drop us like
a hot potato, we
sell our birthright
for a bowl of
twitter stew

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, August 17, 2019


If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’”  Mark 11:3

we give away more
than seems prudent,
we welcome those
turned away by others,
we offer grace to all
who would give us anger;
and why?
it’s what Jesus needs,
and that is enough
for us

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, August 16, 2019

cry out!

“‘Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’”  Mark 10:48

while we keep telling
the vulnerable
the oppressed
the forgotten
to shush and deal
with their lot, you
are whispering to them,
‘keep ratcheting up the noise,
until they pay attention;
if they won’t listen to me,
hopefully they will to you.’

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, August 15, 2019

who, us?

“They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.”  Mark 10:32a

like all the
‘followers of Jesus,’
are gobsmacked
by your willingness
to welcome everyone,
to listen to anyone,
to see the good in everyone,
to walk with anyone,
and terrified you will
ask us to become
like you

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

one thing

“Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’”  Mark 10:21 

(just perhaps)
the one thing
i lack has absolutely
nothing to do with
what’s in my pocket,
but what is not in my

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman