Monday, April 24, 2017

day 114

but he said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?"  Luke 22:48

we betray you
      not with a kiss,
   but in the people
   we kick to the side
            of life;
      not with a sword,
   but with the sneer
   we offer to
            the hopeful;
      not with a word
   but in the silence
   uttered to
            injustice.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, April 23, 2017

day 113

"Call on me in the day of
         trouble;
   I will deliver you, and you
         shall glorify me."  Psalm 50:15

may we be
      the family
   for the lonely
   who call on you;
      the peace
   in the war-torn
   who cry out to you;
      the grace
   for all who
   whisper their pain
               to you.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, April 22, 2017

day 112

"Give me a sign of good faith."  Joshua 2:12c

may opening our
      treasure be a
   sign of generosity;
may our kind words
      be a sign of
   gentle grace;
may our embrace
      be a sign
   of genuine love;
may our lives
      offered to others
   by signs of
      goodness where
   so much is needed.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, April 21, 2017

day 111

He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on."  Luke 21:4

we give you
      the change
   left from our
   frothy latte, and
think how much
we have sacrificed,
            while
   the barista
   offers you her
         heart,
and overflows
with
            joy.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, April 20, 2017

day 110

We ponder your steadfast
         love, O God,  Psalm 48:9a

we study your
      steadfast love, and
   fail the test
   when we mistreat others;
we dissect your
      hope, leaving it
   pinned to the tray,
            while we turn out
            the lights and leave;
we speed-read through
      your grace, and
   put it back
   on the shelf to
         gather dust.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

day 109

Surely, this commandment I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.  Deuteronomy 30:11

hope is as near
   as a child
   reaching for a
            hand;
justice is as easy
   as caring for
   the most
         vulnerable;
love is as nigh
   as the butterfly
            kiss
   of a grandma;
grace is as simple
   as a kind
             word;
joy is as close
   as splashing
   in a
         puddle.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

day 108

But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.  Luke 18:34

because
we let
   resurrection joy
   slip through our
            hearts like
            sand, even
after all this
      time we
   seem to understand
         nothing
   of what happened
   on that morning, and
            so
      keep hope hidden
            from
others.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman