Poem/Prayer for Worship

Poem/Prayer for Worship by Thom Shuman
A Fragrant Offering
because we have preserved our joy in manna jars for the long winter of despair and stored them in the dark corners of our soul, we have forgotten its gritty taste; because we have put a tight lid on our grace and put in the back of the pantry, we have forgotten how it can tickle our noses; because we are so busy prattling pious platitudes about the poor, the least, the lost, we ignore your words which anoint them as your children; because we have put up the shutters and storm doors to keep your future from sneaking in, we have missed the sweet breeze carrying your hope to us; because we are who we are, restore us, O God, and make us a fragrant offering to the world. (c) 2007 Thom M. Shuman

(Comments to Thom at tmshuman@fuse.net.)

Greenhills Community Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio