July 30, 2018



I awakened

just before the sun.

My thoughts wandered,

as they so often do,

to the anticipated drama of my day,

then . . . ‘I heard the whispered sounds of your restful slumber

and felt the warmth of your love against me.

Just as quickly as they came

my worries slipped away.

All I could see,

all I could hear,

all I could feel

was my love for you

and how very blessed I am to know

you are mine!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2018

Jesus and Tolstoy on Contentment

July 29, 2011

South Carolina's Mepkin Abbey


The great writer Leo Tolstoy once wrote that “ If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”   As I considered that quote, two things came to me.  First of all the only source of perfection I know of, as a Christian, is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – the Trinity.  Jesus, in becoming God Incarnate, and thus totally human on earth, gave His life that we might be forgiven and have eternal life.  He didn’t die on the cross that we might settle for good enough, nor did He die so that we could be merely  content.  He did so in order that we might HAVE IT ALL!  That being said, you are correct Mr. Tolstoy.  However, if we look to the one who is perfect, we don’t have to settle for mere contentment!

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