Monday, September 25, 2017

day 268

The spirit of the Lord
         GOD is upon me,
   because the LORD has
         anointed me;  Isaiah 61:1a

to
plant hope in
      despair's field;
offer grace to
   fear's hungry hordes;
swaddle the
   broken with tenderness.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, September 24, 2017

day 267

If you remove the yoke from
         among you,
   the pointing of the finger,
         the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the

         hungry
   and satisfy the needs of the
         afflicted,
then your light shall rise in
         the darkness
   and your gloom be like the
         noonday.  Isaiah 58:9b-10

in your community
   of neighbors, no one
hungers,
      huddles in loneliness,
   holds grudges
   against others,
hates,
fears,
hurts another.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman


  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

day 266

Seek the LORD while he may
         be found,
   call upon him while he is
         near;  Isaiah 55:6

no need to
      shout --
   God is as
   close
         as our
next breath.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, September 22, 2017

day 265

for in plain sight they see
   the return of the LORD to
         Zion.  Isaiah 52:8b

in
the touch of a nurse,
the kindness of a teacher,
the grace of kids,
the wisdom of teenagers,
the hopes of the outcast,
the forgiveness of the hurt,
we find you
hiding in plain sight.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, September 21, 2017

day 264

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right,  Galatians 6:9a

just when
      we cannot
   lift another
      finger, you
   pour us
   a cuppa
         grace,
so we can . . .

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

day 263

Do not be silent, O God of
         my praise.  Psalm 109:1

whisper your
         love and
         grace
   until their echoes
drown out
the silence of
      my fears.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

day 262

I did not speak in secret,
   in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring
         of Jacob,
   "Seek me in chaos."
I the LORD speak the truth,
   I declare what is right.  Isaiah 45:19

not in the
whispered seductions
      of fear;
not in the early morning  
   tweetstorms;
not in the category 5
      chaos of hate;

we will find
you
   in the silent
   watching of a
         parent over
         a child;
   in the justice
   which sweeps out
         oppression;
   in the words
   of welcome
         offered to
      outsiders.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman