Wednesday, October 26, 2016


The LORD lifts up the
   he casts the wicked to the
         ground.  Psalm 147:6

you take the hand
      of the little girl
      bullied by her classmates,
   waltzing her out onto
   the dance floor;
you point to the player
at the end of the bench,
   sending him in to
   play instead of the star;
you side with everyone
shoved aside, and
   lead them to the
   front of the line.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


When God saw what they did, how they turned away from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.  Jonah 3:10

if even
   are willing
   to do it, how
can we so stubbornly
refuse to change
      our minds,
         our hearts,
   our lives?

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman


Monday, October 24, 2016


For you have maintained my
         just cause;  Psalm 9:4a

when we forget the
survivors of floods
   as the news cycle
you remember,
   showing us their plight,
   telling their stories,
   organizing mission trips.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.  1 Corinthians 10:17

as we taste the
      broken bread,
   may we go out
   to feed others;
as we drink
      the cup,
   may grace flow from
   us into the world;
as we are made
   may we embrace
   the shattering around

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, October 22, 2016

required living

He has told you, O mortal,
         what is good;
   and what does the LORD
         require of you
but to do justice, and to love
   and to walk humbly with
         your God?  Micah 6:8

the coach who spends
the school break raising
      funds so all his students
   have their fees covered
      teaches kindness;
the grandmother who
   sits outside the weapons
   plant silently does
the factory owner
   standing humbly at the
   side of the worker
who explains to the media
      how the new punch press

all tell us with their
actions and lives
   of your hopes.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, October 21, 2016


For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Luke 11:10

may we not be
   the slammed door
      in the face
      of the lonely;
   the dead end street
      for the searchers
      of hope;
   the hand holding
      abundance behind
      our backs, while
  showing an empty palm
            to the hungry.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, October 20, 2016

do this

And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."  Luke 10:28

we’ve aced every
we’ve memorized every
we’ve published our
         weighty thoughts;
and hung multiple
         diplomas, so
   why do we act
      as if we
      don’t have a clue
as to how to
close the books
   and open our hearts?

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman