Sunday, March 15, 2020

third sunday in lent

“When shall I come and behold
    the face of God?” Psalm 42:2b

in the weary face
of the stocker who patiently
tells a customer, “i’m sorry,
we’re out and hope for more
to arrive tomorrow,” and then
repeats it 500 more times,
in the lined visage
of the staff caring for
the most vulnerable who
do not understand their isolation,
on the tear-stained cheeks
of the wife holding her hand
against the window with her
husband’s hand pressing
the other side, because she
cannot visit the nursing home,
we see your face, O God,
if we dare to take notice

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

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