One Flickering Flame Becomes a Community



One Flickering Flame

by Martha L Shaw


Are you afraid?

Do you dare try . . .

You cannot overcome it,

or maybe . . .

One small candle lit

and held in shaking hands.

The light has come

but eyes squint to see it

and the flame flickers.

Suddenly, another candle

its wick still pure white

becomes enflamed.

Then another

and another still

and soon the warmth

touches hearts and souls

and the world is ablaze

with glory!




© 2012 Martha L Shaw – all rights reserved

15 Responses to One Flickering Flame Becomes a Community

  1. hodgepodge4thesoul says:

    Reblogged this on Hodgepodge 4 the Soul.


  2. Caddo Veil says:

    I really like this poem a lot, Martha!!

    Oh, I forgot to tell you–I was raised in Episcopal church, though now I’m non-denom. Just a piece of trivia!


    • Yet another way we’re sisters in Him. Thank you. This poem was truly given to me by the Holy Spirit. I’m writing a book of inspirational poetry which is nearly finished. Never had a book published before and am hoping to find a publisher for it through the traditional route. Very difficult without an agent and when one is unknown. Seems publishers of Christian content rarely even read manuscripts from those who are not famous, I’ve been told. How can they even know if we have the talent they seek if they will not open the manuscript?


      • Caddo Veil says:

        Yes, quite a mystery isn’t it–“fame” as criteria, credentials? That’s why I decided to be content and happy with the blog success–regardless how relatively small, and the “no paycheck thing”. God provides, so I’m just going to enjoy myself. And I will continue to pray that HE opens door for your publication! God bless you.


      • Thank you so much! My writing is a passion and this is a gift from Him. My heart and soul hungers to reflect His glory to the dark and hungry world and thus to live into the passion I have for Him. Provision is a serious challenge, but with the prayer support of Christian friends and with faith, all things work together!


  3. […] supportive community which inspired my poem published in a prior blog post.  The poem is entitled One Flickering Flame and click on the title if you’d like to be brought to that post.  Blessings to all of you! […]


  4. freedomborn says:

    Hi Martha I must have forgot to click post comment sorry, I said I loved your poem and that it reminded me of a Power point that I had created, that I will post and Link back to this poem so others can enjoy it if that is ok with you my friend and if so could you please let me know.

    Thanking you Anne.


  5. […] Poem that reflects this Power Point from Martha Shaw… Click Link – Share this:ShareTwitterFacebookStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInEmailPrintDiggRedditLike this:LikeBe the […]


    • I also blog on OpenSalon but it’s not the same sense of community as here. That being said I found out recently that someone who reads every post of mine is in fact an athiest or perhaps an agnostic. One of the few things I published there which generated discussion (seems like a secular world with folks not comfortable expressing their hearts – yet) was with “Frank.” I’d written on prayer and faith and he challenged me at length but respectfully. I think that the tiny seed of Christ’s love planted in our hearts before we’re born does, for certain, create a spark that never leaves us even when we focus away from Him. I’m sure your words are far reaching! Congrats on doing all you do! Glad to know you. Blessings, Martha


  6. freedomborn says:

    Hi Martha I posted the Power Point the Link is below the Music is Amazing Grace but if you enlarge the Sceeen you loose the Music which is sad… hope you enjoy it anyway.

    Christian Love Anne


  7. Intense, powerful! I believe! Nice to meet you, Martha. Much success with your book publication. 🙂


    • Thank you! Nice to meet you too. It’s hard to get a publisher or agent to look when you’re a first time book author, but everyone was a first timer once, so I’m trusting in the Lord to provide and trying to follow where He leads! Blessings, Martha


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