Blessed By Darkness and By Light
If it wasn’t for the storm
Would the dead wood remain standing?
Without its rain,
Would the pond still refresh my thirst?
Would the grass still grow and cushion my footsteps?
Would the garden still feed my body,
Feed my soul?
If it wasn’t for the storm,
Would I still see the sun and feel its warming rays?
By Martha L Shaw – © 2013
I took a stroll
On a clear day.
Passing a brook,
I bent to pick up a stone
And tossed it in
And OH the ripples
Spread far and wide
From that one small gesture.
By Martha L Shaw – © 2017 – words and image
Some say “oh,the light is so dim!”
Others, though,say “Ah! Look at the Light!”
The darkness could not overcome it!
By Martha L Shaw – © 2019
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[ Matt 22:39
There are so many sources for defining “stylish” for us and yet I see a world defined more by insecurity. It may seem odd to some, but the verse from Matthew immediately came to mind as I considered this. Does the length of my hair, my nails, or my nose define either my style or my ability to receive and share love?
It is no accident that the verse places equal importance on loving our neighbors and self love! I do not believe we can serve the Lord and reflect Him to others if we do not love all whom God created and this includes ourselves. Obeying the verse above supersedes any suggestion or definition of “stylish” we are urged to reflect!
REFLECT HIM! REFLECT LOVE!
My cathedral is never locked . . .
it has no doors . . .
there are no walls . . .
yet . . .
it inspires me with its beauty . . .
its songs touch my heart . . .
melodies of praise and wonder . . .
awaken me each and every day . . . .
The hand which built it . . .
loves me very much!
by Martha L Shaw – Copyright 8-20-12