Tuesday, October 27, 2020

day 301

 “How precious is your steadfast love, O God!” Psalm 36:7a


if my stock portfolio

turned to dust,

if my bank accounts

were suddenly hacked

and totally depleted,

if my pension was

taken away tomorrow,

i am still wealthy

beyond imagination

if your love

is all i have  

to my name


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, October 26, 2020

day 300

 “For you have maintained my

          just cause;” Psalm 9:4a


we turn the page

to check the stock market,

and forget the story

about the folks being evicted.

we switch channels

to find the score from

last night’s late game,

never noticing the

lonely child kicking

the football around

in the schoolyard closed

because of the rising cases.

we read the latest

social media posts,

and as our blood pressure


we forget about mailing

the note to a friend.



you remember them all

each and everyone


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 299

 “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”  1 Corinthians 10:17


in these days

it is stale crackers

and cold milk for some,

a slice of toast

and sweet hot tea for others,

for a few lucky ones

it is the special loaf

made just for the occasion

as well as the wine

opened just for the feast,


whatever, wherever, however

we all share the same meal

because we are one

in you


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 298

 “He has told you, O mortal,

          what is good;

    and what does the LORD

          require of you

but to do justice, and to love


    and to walk humbly with

          your God?” Micah 6:8


it is a struggle

at times but, yes,

we will march for justice,

and yes, we will learn

to play nice with others

no matter how they

treat us, but

can’t we at least

let everyone know

what wonderful people

we are . . .

not keeping it all

under our hearts?


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 297

 “‘For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.’”  Luke 11:10


why is it we expect

you to give us

everything we want,

to come looking

for us every time

we wander off,

leave the door

wide open, no matter

how far past the curfew

we get home, but

we think we should

not do the same for



© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 296

 "And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will life.’” Luke 10:28

 having received A++

on every test,

had no red ink corrections

on our written essays,

finished our dissertation

before it was due,

we pack all our learning


and immediately forget

we are supposed

to live out everything

you have taught us


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 295

“they shall beat their swords
           into plowshares, 
    and their spears into into 
          pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword 
          against nation, 
     neither shall they learn war any more” Micah 4:3b 

 may we turn 
our angry rhetoric 
into songs of joy, 
our mean spirits 
into unlimited compassion, 
and our narcissism 
 about our nations 
into gentleness for all people. 

 © 2020 Thom M. Shuman

day 294

“Should you not know justice?—” Micah 3:1c 

 with teachers like Harriet, 
Frederick, and Sojourner, 
with mentors such as 
Rosa, Martin, Cesar, Russell, 
with martyrs like Emmett, 
George, and Breonna, 
surely we should know justice 
but too often, 
we act 
as if we slept 
through those classes

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, October 19, 2020

day 293

 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.” Luke 9:53


with the cross

trailing behind you

like some shadow

no one has ever seen,

you are so focused

on your destination, you

do not notice us

rushing off to the travel agent

to buy a ticket to Tarshish


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Sunday, October 18, 2020

day 292

 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he wa] the Messiah.” Matthew 16:20


every time

we do not stand

up to those who bully

the vulnerable,

we do not condemn

injustice with more

than just a ‘tsk, tsk,’

we refuse to see

the stranger in our midst

as a sister or brother,

we continue to keep


a secret

(especially from ourselves)


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman


Saturday, October 17, 2020

day 291

“And all were astounded at the greatness of God.” Luke 9:43a


it is not the multimillionaire

athlete phoning in his game,

but the Special Olympian

reaching the finish line

long after everyone else,

nor the politician determined

to enrich themselves by

the office they hold, but

the little girl emptying her

piggybank for the cancer fund

for a classmate she barely knows

who reveals your greatness

to us, O God, for they know you

better than we do


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Friday, October 16, 2020

day 290

 You are a hiding place for me;” Psalm 32:7a


while the Adversary

closes its eyes and

counts to 100, you

take me by the hand,

your finger on your lips

to shush my giggles,

and lead me into

the hollow of your heart,

where i will never be found

by all those eager

to capture me


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

Thursday, October 15, 2020

day 289

 “Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’”  Luke 9:18


you are

the shelter always open

for rough sleepers,

the candle in the window

showing prodigals you are

waiting for us to come home,

the family that welcomes

every lonely stranger,

the heart the breaks

every time ours do


© 2020 Thom M. Shuman