The Search

August 12, 2015

Looking for a hallelujah,

At first so hard to find.

I found it when I looked inside

My heart and not my mind.

By Martha L Shaw ©8-12-2015

broken hearted


Treasure Hunt

April 28, 2015

We search high and low,

seeing everything

and finding nothing.

Frowning becomes moaning

as we steal the joy from other hearts

and toss it away in disgust.

The challenge will never be met

lest we realize the Truth.

What we seek is already within us!

By Martha L Shaw – © 4-27-2015



February 7, 2014

The search was long

And my hunger,

Still unsatisfied,

Seemed to me all-consuming.

Sinking my feet in the sand,

Seeking distraction from a false warmth,

I absently tossed a pebble toward water.



Staring blindly ahead,

I saw your circle link with mine.

In that instant I knew,

And my heart was forever changed.

By Martha L Shaw – 2-7-2014




June 5, 2013

cross reflected

Went looking for a smile

And couldn’t find a one.

Searched high and low

And do you know?

It wasn’t any fun!

The more I looked

the more I felt

“What’s wrong with everyone?”

It suddenly occurred to me,

Perhaps I was “the one.”

By Martha L Shaw – 6-5-2013

Joy Unmasked?

October 28, 2012

The mask he wore


The sadness underneath.

Its bright colors,

Its painted smile,

Portrayed a joy

Not known

Yet hungered for.

He wandered about


Without finding it

For the answer was never outside

But held captive within his soul all along

Just waiting to be set free.

I pray he finds it.

By Martha L Shaw – copyright 10-28-12


October 27, 2012

Disarray is everywhere.

I rush,

Seeking peace


Where do I begin?

My heartbeat quickens.

My head hurts.

I lose my balance,


Then fall.

I cry out,

And you answer me.

“My child,” you say,

“I’ve been waiting.”

You smile . . . I exhale.

By Martha L Shaw – Copyright 10-25-2012

Are We There Yet?

July 7, 2012

We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.

– Pema Chodron –

The above quote caught my eye not because of its wisdom but because of its hopeful optimism and its utterly unrealistic claim.  I wonder, as you read my words just now, how you initially responded?  Have you clicked “escape” and gone onto another blog?  Do you think, though, that maybe I am onto something? 

You see, I agree with Pema that we do spend much time and energy focusing on what other people are doing, but honestly, whether it can be admitted or not, perhaps in our secret hearts we know that it is not always our intent to ponder how our actions can affect their hearts.  In our own secret hearts, we all too often are comparing ourselves, our circumstances, our achievements, our gifts, our possessions, and more to theirs and perhaps some of you might secretly agree that to many of us this becomes not inspiration to be a positive influence but in actuality causes us to feel we don’t measure up.  We want the shiny car, we think we deserve that undefinable something more, and we often spend far too many hours, days, or years seeking a prize that we do not ever find.  Oh, we can get the shiny car if we save enough money, and if we study hard, we can get a fancy ribbon  . . .  if we practice long and hard, we can get the award for our shelf.  “Now they’ll see!”  The problem is, as long as our motivation is to get these things to satisfy what we lack, we will never be satisfied.  These are not what’s missing . . .

Where are we going? Are we almost there?  Do we have the right map to get there? 

Those questions need to be answered before we can have a chance of “getting there” at all.  They cannot be answered by looking out the window.  They can only be answered by looking deep within.  What we find there is what truly has the power to make a difference in others, in ourselves, in the world. 

The greyhound chasing the rabbit . . . does he ever really catch what he chases?  If he catches the rabbit, what then?  Was it worth the effort?  Yet, he keeps chasing . . . and so do we.  I checked the map I carried.  It wasn’t the one I needed.  So, my life is on a new path from the original one.  I have been on it a while and I”m not there yet, but oh the journey is like nothing else has ever been! 

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”


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