Monday, October 19, 2020

day 293

 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.” Luke 9:53


with the cross

trailing behind you

like some shadow

no one has ever seen,

you are so focused

on your destination, you

do not notice us

rushing off to the travel agent

to buy a ticket to Tarshish


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, October 18, 2020

day 292

 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he wa] the Messiah.” Matthew 16:20


every time

we do not stand

up to those who bully

the vulnerable,

we do not condemn

injustice with more

than just a ‘tsk, tsk,’

we refuse to see

the stranger in our midst

as a sister or brother,

we continue to keep


a secret

(especially from ourselves)


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman


Saturday, October 17, 2020

day 291

“And all were astounded at the greatness of God.” Luke 9:43a


it is not the multimillionaire

athlete phoning in his game,

but the Special Olympian

reaching the finish line

long after everyone else,

nor the politician determined

to enrich themselves by

the office they hold, but

the little girl emptying her

piggybank for the cancer fund

for a classmate she barely knows

who reveals your greatness

to us, O God, for they know you

better than we do


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, October 16, 2020

day 290

 You are a hiding place for me;” Psalm 32:7a


while the Adversary

closes its eyes and

counts to 100, you

take me by the hand,

your finger on your lips

to shush my giggles,

and lead me into

the hollow of your heart,

where i will never be found

by all those eager

to capture me


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, October 15, 2020

day 289

 “Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’”  Luke 9:18


you are

the shelter always open

for rough sleepers,

the candle in the window

showing prodigals you are

waiting for us to come home,

the family that welcomes

every lonely stranger,

the heart the breaks

every time ours do


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

day 288

 “But he said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’” Luke 9:13


our pantries overflow

with hoarded hope,

our closets are crammed

with garments of grace,

our garages are full

of boxes filled with love

to get us through winter,


we offer empty hands

and emptier hearts

to all who come asking

for just a smidgen

of what you share with us


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

day 287

 "But as for you, return to your God,

    hold fast to love and justice,

   and wait continually for your God."  Hosea 12:6

in our rush to follow

all the wrong words,

people, ideas, beliefs,

we look back, only

to notice we have left

justice and love,

grace and hope 

in the dust behind us.

(c) 2020 Thom M. Shuman