Wednesday, April 08, 2020

holy wednesday


“But if anyone has caused pain . . . I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.” 2 Corinthians 2: 5a, 8a

we find it so easy
to hold grudges against
those we have never met
simply
because of how they look,
what comes out of their mouths,
their political beliefs, so
remind us that even
in the final days, up
to that very last breath,
you continued to love those
closest to you,
the very best of friends
who denied you,
turned their backs on you,
betrayed you
forgot you

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

holy tuesday


“He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again,” 2 Corinthians 1:10

if we have the
common sense to
listen to the old stories,
we will know that our help
comes from those we least expect:
not the wealthy and wise
the powerful and profound,
but the stockers in grocery stores
working the graveyard shift,
the truck drivers hauling stock
over emptier and emptier roads,
the weary nurses, the frazzled doctors,
the lab workers, the chaplains in crammed hospitals,
and all the other overlooked, unsung,
underpaid, working-double-shifts
heroes and heroines.

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, April 06, 2020

holy monday


“How lonely sits the city
    that once was full of people!” Lamentations 1:1

playgrounds
with yellow caution tape
swaddling the swings and slides,
hallways
echoing the absent voices
of students sequestered at home,
faith communities
with silent pews and chairs
and musical instruments
muted and deadened,
while
you walk the empty
streets
leaving breadcrumbs
of hope and grace
for us to follow

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, April 05, 2020

passion/palm sunday


“Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
    today I declare that I will restore to you double.” Zechariah 9:12

though
thrown into isolation
and convinced the key
has been thrown away,
yet we will hope;
quarantined from the rest
of those who put their
trust in compassion and kindness,
goodness and mercy,
yet we will hope;
slowly stepping out
to follow you on that
dusty road which leads
to only you know where,
yet
we
will
hope

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, April 04, 2020

sixth saturday in lent


“Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’”  Mark 10:51

remove the cataracts
of caution which
have slowly grown
in our souls, take
the logs of loneliness
out of our eyes, so
we can see that
the world is still full
of wonder, joy, love,
hope, and grace

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, April 03, 2020

sixth friday in lent


“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

our lives shattered
by isolation, livelihoods
tossed out the back door
to lie broken in the
alleyways of the world,
the future seeming more
murky minute by minute,
still
you would use us
as your most precious
possessions
to be the grace, the hope,
the wonder, the welcome
the world needs

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, April 02, 2020

sixth thursday in lent


“Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness,”  2 Corinthians 3:12

isolated,
we can still be
conduits of hope;
sheltering in place,
we can still let
hope take a walk
around the neighborhood;
maintaining a safe distance,
we just need to practice
more and more until our
arms are strong enough
to toss hope to those
six feet (or more) away
from us

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman