Archive | December 2013

The Widow Maker’s Choir

Martha L Shaw - Poet, Writer, Author, Artist

I am sitting in my lovely screened porch and thankful for SC late December weather which allows me to do so.  I look outside and see the tall tree in the yard knowing its bare branches will be full of new life in the not too distant future.


Suddenly I am reminded of the words of a friend who said, not long ago that “it’s a widow maker, you know.”  With a bad arm and a bad foot, climbing up with a saw, not my talent anyway, is for sure not wise.  Having heard the forecast for heavy rain, wind, and potentially dangerous storms, I am wishing I knew a friend who could help me prepare and not knowing anyone, I am concerned about that heavy limb hanging low and oh so near to my home . . . nothing I can do.  Not money to hire anyone.  The storm…

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Cooperative Economy – Building The Body


…Let us love one another, because love is from God: everyone who loves is born of God and knows God… for God is love.  1 John 4:7-16  We are drawn to a sense of belonging and support the people we love. True love builds the heart, builds the mind, builds the soul. True love gives and in return true love receives. True love is an everlasting economy.

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Wow, Mary – What Were You Thinking?

Martha L Shaw - Poet, Writer, Author, Artist

As I sit here on the day after the celebration of my Savior’s birth, I am thinking many things.  I’m thankful I didn’t spend money I couldn’t afford in preparation for the day.  I am concerned yet eager as I look forward to a new year.  I worry about keeping a roof over my head then remind myself that my faith tells me I will be fine and try to let go of the fear of human weakness.  I look outside and realize it’s cold out there, and then decide to stay in and work on a few projects, thankful that my house is clean from the festivities of yesterday.  I think with delight of the church services of Christmas Eve, and frown at the weather prediction for tomorrow of stormy wind and rain, even knowing it won’t likely prevent me from doing what I need to do.  This day…

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…Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.  Zechariah 7:8 – 8:8  Especially at this time of the year who can argue with this kind of counsel? But the message speaks so strongly throughout the year, why does it seem as if it is only heard when the world tells us to do so? When the package of God’s word is opened, believers are unwrapped and awakened! We don’t need the world to tell us what to do next. Daily we prepare in our hearts, with our minds and by the works of our hands, always standing ready upon the threshold of his faithfulness. For blessed is the one who readily walks in the way of the Lord.

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And the Word Became Flesh

Revelations In Writing

Christmas, the arrival we are called to celebrate, is the remembrance of the Word becoming flesh, and making His dwelling among us. When Christ was born, God became a man. He was not part man and part God; He was completely human and completely divine. (Colossians 2:9) Until His arrival, people could only know in part, what we can now fully know, because God became tangible to us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – (John 1:14)

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, was God came to us and became fully human, so that we might see and know God, as He chose to step down from His rightful…

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