Prayer Reflection: Luke 19: 1-10

Here’s a reflection inspired by Luke 19:1-10. It was written by Thom Shuman and posted on Prayers for Today.

Sycamore Street

(inspired by Luke 19:1-10)

when the ragtagged fellow 
         came by with his 
         empty cup held out, 
   looking for a cool drink 
   on the hottest day of the year, 
               i turned on 
               the hose very slowly 
      so he could get 
      a few drips; 

walking by the volunteer 
         standing by the red kettle 
         and ringing the handbell, 
   i reached in my pocket 
   and dropped a shiny coin 
      listening as it clinked 
      against the other change; 

as the plate 
      down the pew 
      toward me, i pull 
   out my wallet 
         and pour 
         a wee dram 
            for God; 

a drip 
      a drop 
            a dram 
   a dollop of generosity 
   here and there . . . 

if i'm not careful 
all my possessions 
will dribble away 
                 and i'll end up 
                 like poor Zach 
   down the street. 

~ written by Thom M. Shuman, copyright  © 2013 Thom M. Shuman.  Posted on Prayers 4 Today.