Tuesday, October 16, 2018


where once i longed
to be a social butterfly, now
make me an advocate
for those society never notices.

© 2018 Thom M. Shuman  

Monday, October 15, 2018

more like you

i give thanks, O God,
that you are more compassionate
then i will ever be (especially)
toward those who don’t deserve
it, (like me)

© 2018 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, October 14, 2018

turning to the headlines

we turn on the news and,
once again, it is troubles,
fears, dangers, worries, anger;
so let us be the hope
   others want to find this morning;
let us be the voice of grace
   strangers long to hear;
let us be the love
   that embraces the forgotten

© 2018 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, October 13, 2018


at the bazaar, you set
up the table of hand-crafted grace,
each price tag reading 'no charge'
(c) 2018 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, October 12, 2018


when we are convinced
the gospel is a shaggy
dog story, your grace
comes loping across the fields
of folly to retrieve us.

© 2018 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, October 11, 2018


on throwback Thursday,
may we return to those days
when civility was not the exception,
and to those places where folks
were welcomed, not excluded.

© 2018 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


we slap labels on
people all through the day, and
you come through each night,
peeling them off, hoping we
might see folks for who they are.

© 2018 Thom M. Shuman