Friday, March 31, 2017

day 90

"Hear my prayer, O LORD,
   and give ear to my cry;
   do not hold your peace at
         my tears.
For I am your passing guest,
   an alien, like all my
         forebear."  Psalm 39:12

whether our hearts
      can only whisper
   we are swearing
   at the top of our
         you listen;
whether we are
dressed for the prom
   wearing our
   faded hand-me-downs,
         you welcome us;
whether we can
      pull out a
      multipage genealogy
                  report, or
   just arrived,

we are your

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, March 30, 2017

day 89

But it is for you, O LORD,
         that I wait;
   it is you, O LORD my God,
         who will answer.  Psalm 38:15

when i rush
      about, be
         my yield
when i spin
      in giddy
      circles, be
         my caim;
when i tap my
      feet impatiently, be
         a waltz;
when i babble
      a hundred words
      a second, be
         soft whisper, so
i may discover
you in the

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

day 88

I have good advice and
         sound wisdom;
   I have insight, I have
         strength.  Proverbs 8:14

i could sign-up
for another seminar, or
      learn football from
      the kids in the street;
i could put up
more shelves for
more books, or
      listen to the stories of
      my neighbors;
i could earn
another degree, or
      learn a new language
      from a co-worker;
i could remain
a know-it-all,
      or start from scratch
      with you.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

day 87

When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?'"  Luke 7:20

while we drum
      our fingers on
      our faded dreams
waiting for the
one who will restore
   our might
   our greatness
   our wealth
   our membership
are rescuing the
   giving medicine
       to the sick,
   picking up those
      who have stumbled,
   opening the eyes
      of the unwilling,

and waiting

for us to stop asking
and start doing.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, March 27, 2017

day 86

"But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation."  Luke 6:49a

if i don't translate
your words into
   a home for
   a meal for
         the hungry,
   a book for
         a child,
   a vial of medicine for
         the sick,
have i truly

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, March 26, 2017

day 85

though we stumble, we
         shall not fall headlong,
   for the LORD holds us by
         the hand.  Psalm 37:24

when we tumble off
      faith's seat,
   you bandage
   our skinned knees,
         tighten the
         training wheels, and
   adjust the pedals
so our legs can
reach hope and
      grace, as
we learn to ride
the sidewalks
   of your kingdom.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, March 25, 2017

day 84

These are the waters of Mer'i-bah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the LORD, and by which he showed his holiness.  Numbers 20:13

we would rather
      jump feet first
   into quibble's
   deep waters, sinking
      to grab
      contention's bones
      lying on the
than take the
   of peace
you hold out to

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, March 24, 2017

day 83

Better is a little that the
         righteous person has
   than the abundance of
         many wicked.  Psalm 37:16

instead of
   waiting for
the lottery winnings
   (or pot of gold)
to magically
remind us that
   we might have is
to help those
who have been
   waiting for

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, March 23, 2017

day 82

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

may the image
that remains not
      be the wrecked car
      or knives on the ground,
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

(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
         every region of
         our soul
   lays there
         gathering dust
while we
      twitter on

(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
   fear knows
      no boundaries,
   anger never
      runs out of excuses,
   hate is
      infinite, but
are convinced
have cut back
your hours to

(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
never hesitate to

(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
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
   care for the
         the sick,
      the broken, by
staying by their sides,
      cradling their tears,
   mending their hearts,
but it is usually
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
   the weak and needy from
         those who despoil
         them."  Psalm 35:10

when the rich
      assume the poor
      have everything
            they could ever
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

(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
         by the most
      among us, but
we drown out their
'why aren't they
back on the hillside
where they

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, March 16, 2017

day 75

Depart from evil, and do
   seek peace, and pursue
         it.  Psalm 34:14

we train for
   for malice's
      marathon, but
can never seem
to find the
   to cross the
   street to offer
to the

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

day 74

O taste and see that the
         LORD is good;  Psalm 34:8a

in the kneading
   of the cat
   alarm each morning;
in the sticky-fingered
   grip of the
in the sloppy
   kiss of the
   neighbor's dog;
in the glass of
   cold milk chasing
   down the warm pie;
in the gentle breath
   of love on
   the pillow next to
i discover your
sweet goodness
      and am

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

day 73

Happy is the nation whose
         God is the LORD,
   the people whom he has
         chosen as his heritage.  Psalm 33:12

happy is God, when
      we do not make
      the LORD a
            a political idol, but
   offer mercy
      to all in
        (without requiring
         multiple IDs and
         proof of misery);
   establish justice
      wherever oppression
      would build
   welcome the gifts
      offered to us by
         the very ones
         we are taught
              are not

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, March 13, 2017

day 72

Say to wisdom, "You are my
   and call insight your
         intimate friend.  Proverbs 7:4

like the sister
   who always listens
   to the deep echoes
         of our hearts;
like the anam cara
   who hears the
   whispers of our
         soul even
      before we do,
shadows our every

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, March 12, 2017

day 71

If any of your kin fall into difficulty and become dependent on you, you shall support them; they shall live with you as though resident aliens.  Leviticus 25:35

if the family from
   are my cousins;
if the immigrant
   working 3 jobs
   is my sister;
if the Muslim
   is my son;
if the hungry
   is my daughter,
can i turn
   my back on
     (or all)
of them?

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, March 11, 2017

day 70

Do not be like a horse or a
         mule, without
   whose temper must be
         curbed with bit and
   else it will not stay near
         you.  Psalm 32:9

when i snort
      with impatience,
   stomping my feet
   and banging around
      the stall of your
rest your hand
upon me, calming
      my spirit with
   the taste of your
            grace, gentling
me with hope's

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, March 10, 2017

day 69

O how abundant is your
         goodness     Psalm 31:19a

the flower peeking
      through the snow;
the warm sun
      swimming across
      the clear sky;
the gentle breezes
      which scatter leaves;
friends who love us
      no matter, and
   strangers who smile

we grumble at

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, March 09, 2017

day 68

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.  Leviticus 19:9-10

when we stock
      more food than
      we will ever
   before it goes bad,
rather than sharing
with the hungry,
   we glean what little
remains for others,
leaving their hearts as
as their stomachs.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

day 67

And Jesus said to them, "You will all become deserters;"  Mark 14:27a

when we
   folks on poverty's isle;
when we
         play hooky
   from learning
   the hopes of little children;
when we
         run away
   rather than racing
   to lift up those
   cast aside by power;
when we
         slack off
   from the simple
   task of faithfulness,
you shake your
      head (but
still keep offering
another chance)

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

day 66

So the disciples set out and went into the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.  Mark 14:16

if we only trusted,
we could find your
promised gifts
to enable us
   to turn rusted out
   factories into
      training programs;
   to transform empty
   shopping malls into
   to reimagine closed
   schools as
      memory care centers;
and we could lead
folks (including us)
out of bondage to

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, March 06, 2017

day 65

"But be alert; I have already told you everything."  Mark 13:23

we keep wanting
      to leap ahead
   in the story to
      find out how it
   will end, forgetting
that the final Word
      was written
long before
   'in the beginning'
was penned.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, March 05, 2017

day 64

When you walk, they will
         lead you;
   when you lie down, they
         watch over you;
   and when you awake,
         they will talk with
         you.  Proverbs 6:22

with each step, may
      i place my foot
      in the imprint left
      by compassion
   following it to care
         for others;
in the silent hours of
the night, may
      i curl up
      in hope's
in the morning, may
      wonder and joy
   leap into my bed
         yelling, 'get up,
   sleepyhead! it's a new

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Saturday, March 04, 2017

day 63

But seeing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why are you putting me to the test?"  Mark 12:15b

as long as
   keep putting
   to the test,
can keep failing
   and not have
   to answer any
(more difficult)

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, March 03, 2017

day 62

Again they came to Jerusalem.  Mark 11:27

many times it takes,
      you will
   continue to
come into our
      fears, our
   worries, our
      resistance, until
we finally see
you for who you
      the One
   we need
again and

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, March 02, 2017

day 61

To you, O LORD, I call;
   my rock, do not refuse to
         hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
   I shall be like those who go
         down to the Pit.  Psalm 28:1

just a
   of grace,
         or hope;
   maybe love
         or even
can keep me
falling into that
where I can
never find my
   way out (on
my own)

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

day 60

a heart that devises wicked
   feet that hurry to run to
         evil, Proverbs 6:18

we hope
you will replace the
   grudge positioning system
lodged in our
      hearts which
   recalculates us until
   we turn down
          the wrong roads
with your grace
   we can finally
   find our way
back to you.

(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman