SixWord Fridays

September 19, 2014

You catch me before I fall!


Language of Prayer

September 18, 2014

Originally posted on Another Red Letter Day:


What follows is an excerpt from a paper my daughter, Jessica Joy Brigante, wrote while at Seminary.


I consider prayer to be a simple word to describe communication with God. But communication is complicated and multi-faceted.

With strangers and acquaintances, I communicate with small talk – simple words and phrases, nothing deep.

With close friends, there is emotion, a deeper sharing of the heart, and a different collection of words with various meanings, as well as body language that communicates meaning. There might be emails, letters, gifts, phone calls, hugs, etc.

With my family, there is a history of communication. There are inside jokes that reference memories in a way no one else would understand.

With my husband, my intimate partner, all of these forms of communication are used, and more. We communicate with a love language of sounds that we don’t share with others. Our movements mean more…

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Good Morning Jesus!

September 18, 2014

Is it possible to awaken to a day without clouds if I promise to appreciate the sun? — Martha Shaw morning thoughts after coffee!

falling leaves 2


September 15, 2014

Pouring rain outside my front window!  Strolled into the next room and realized the sun was shining out back . . . hope and joy never fully depart.  We simply lose focus!


Chasing Rainbows

September 13, 2014

In the midst of a life filled with steady rain,

every brief glimpse of sun

reawakens me and beckons me onward . . .

By Martha L Shaw © 9-13-2014

give thanks


Inspired By Elmer – Book Exerpt

September 12, 2014
There is so much to go through when someone you love dies . . . practical and emotional. In going through more of my Mom’s things, I found a very few letters from her Dad to her Mom. I wish I had more. He died young so I never knew him but the letters painted a picture of a special man, Elmer – my grandfather. His letters spoke of his great love for Nana and also of ordinary events in his day. Love is like that. It enlightens us to the extraordinary in our seeming ordinary day . . .-from: “INSPIRED BY ELMER – Letters From My Grandfather” by Martha L Shaw

Peter And I

September 11, 2014

me with deb hersey

Sometimes listening and following Christ is so much like learning to walk, to swim, to ride a bike. We tremble with excitement and fear and cry out “show me . . . help me!” Suddenly, if we open our eyes, we discover we are not where we used to be. We are away from the water’s edge. What is next is up to us. Do we sink or realize He was there all along and it was easier than we thought!


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