Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rx

God is a righteous judge
   and a God who has
         indignation every day.  Psalm 7:11

perhaps
      we should stop
      taking meds for the
   acrid reflux
      we experience in
      the light of all the
      injustices around us,
and let it
            boil over
   into actions for
                   all
      struggling in the
world.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman
  
        

Monday, August 29, 2016

come and see

When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced,  Acts 11:23a

in the tenderness
of the partner of
         65 years
   wiping away the fears
   of her love;
in the kids playing
leapfrog in the
         backyard
   with the refugee children;
in the volunteers
who search through
      earthquake's rubble,

we see . . .

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, August 28, 2016

far away

If iniquity is in your hand,
         put it far away,
   and do not let wickedness
         reside in your tents.  Job 11:14

let us take the
         harvest
   we have spent
   a lifetime picking
   from temptation's garden,
and leave it rotting
in the sin, as
      we walk towards
      your home, where
we will feast on
   mercy.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, August 27, 2016

sulking

"I loathe my life;
   I will give free utterance
      to my complaint;
   I will speak in the
         bitterness of my soul."  Job 10:1

as we sit in
      the puddle of
      bitterness, the
   mud of our misery
   squelching underfoot
   as we stomp
      around, and finally
      plop down, ready
      to whine forever,
you come along,
   dipping your toe in
until the water
slowly turns crystal
clear with your
         grace.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman
  

Friday, August 26, 2016

to be or not to be

   "Indeed I know that this is
         is so;
   but how can a mortal be
         just before God?"  Job 9:2

we can't,
given our penchant
   to use others
      as a ladder;
   to push friends aside
      so we reach pride's
      finish line first;
   to turn away
      those crushed by
      fear and prejudice,

but we can learn
a new way.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, August 25, 2016

gittith

"But my people did not listen
         to my voice;
   Israel would not submit to
         me."  Psalm 81:11

how can we hear
      angry voices so
            clearly, but
   strain to listen
   to your songs of
         hope?
why are we willing
to race down
   roads potholed
   with poverty, bit
always go the
wrong way on
      the avenue
   of Grace?

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

second chance

The voice said to him again, a second time, "What God has made clean, you must not profane."  Acts 10:15

the food the
         experts
   tell you to
avoid may just
   give you the
   courage to go
into all the
neighborhoods
      you are warned to
avoid, to meet
those folks the
   angry voices
   say to
avoid,
   and so find
   the family to
fill the
           void
in your life.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman