Monday, November 30, 2009

First Monday of Advent - C

Please read Psalm 23:3

going to bed each night
to regain strength
for the next day,
a hot shower
in the morning
to sting me awake,
pouring a bowl
of toasted oats (just
like the last 50+ years)
to energize me:
they are all second nature
to me by now.

carving out oases of silence
in an ear-shocked day;
letting your Word
edit my story;
searching for hope
amidst all those shelves
stocked with anguish;

all those dispositions
that could fill my emptiness:
keeping me from wandering
down the wrong alleys,
nudging me to follow Jesus
in paving the streets with justice,
joining the kids playing
hide-and-seek in the kingdom?

Habit Shaker,
come and restore my soul.

(c) 2009 Thom M. Shuman

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