Thursday, March 23, 2017

day 82

Do not fret because of the
         wicked;
   do not be envious of
         wrongdoers, Psalm 37:1

may the image
that remains not
      be the wrecked car
      or knives on the ground,
but
the strangers
   kneeling to comfort
         an unknown sister,
the responders
   leaving their fear
   behind as they run
      to help,
a people
   refusing the easy
   choice to
                  hate.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman
  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

day 81

And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.  Luke 4:37

too often, the
   report about you
                    reaches
         every region of
         our soul
and
   lays there
         gathering dust
while we
      twitter on
about
            inanities.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

day 80

The LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD's power limited?   Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not."  Numbers 11:23

we continue to believe
   evil is
      inexhaustible,
   fear knows
      no boundaries,
   anger never
      runs out of excuses,
   hate is
      infinite, but
are convinced
         you
have cut back
your hours to
   part-time.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, March 20, 2017

day 79

And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise."  Luke 3:10-11

as we give
the coats
      that have waited
      for months in our
   closets to be used
      and put them around
      the weather-worn;
as we take
the food from
      our shelves that
      we bought for
   that recipe we
   lost so long ago,
      and take it
      to the food bank,
may we open
our hearts to
the hope
               you
never hesitate to
   share.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman
     

Sunday, March 19, 2017

day 78

But as for me, when they
         were sick,
   I wore sackcloth;
   I afflicted myself with
         fasting.
I prayed with head bowed
         on my bosom,
    as though I grieved for a
         friend or a brother;
I went about as one who
         laments for a mother,
   bowed down and in
         mourning.   Psalm 35:13-14

we could
         actually
   care for the
      grieving,
         the sick,
      the broken, by
staying by their sides,
      cradling their tears,
   mending their hearts,
but it is usually
            easier
to shed crocodile
      tears and
offer pious platitudes.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman


Saturday, March 18, 2017

day 77

All my bones shall say,
   "O LORD, who is like you?
"You deliver the weak
   from those too strong for
         them,
   the weak and needy from
         those who despoil
         them."  Psalm 35:10

when the rich
      assume the poor
      have everything
            they could ever
         need,
you clean out
all your theology books
from the cluttered den
   to turn it into
   a guest room;
when the politicians
      cut funding for
      meals to those
            who truly
         hunger, as
   they head off
   to their reserved
      tables at
      Chez Arrogance,
you head to
the kitchen, cooking
   and preparing meals
   to serve to your
neighbors.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, March 17, 2017

day 76

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.  Luke 2:20

we could
      be listening
      to the good news
   sung
         by the most
ignored
      among us, but
we drown out their
   joy,
         grumbling,
'why aren't they
back on the hillside
where they
      belong?'

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman