Tag: Five Minute Friday

Short thoughts on a word prompt through the Five Minute Friday writing community

Five Minute Friday: Grief

I remember the humorous story of the young student, when asked to recite a Bible verse from memory, proudly stated, “Jesus wept.” This verse (John 11:35) is the shortest one in the Bible – and the easiest to remember! But in these difficult and… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Grief”

Five Minute Friday: Cancel

Our word prompt for today, CANCEL, has been with us too much this year. As our plans continue to be canceled or postponed, we can become increasingly discouraged, frustrated, or sorrowful. But in some cases, we can be relieved or even joyful, such as… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Cancel”

Five Minute Friday: Ahead

I look ahead; I’m eagerfor the plans I have in mind.I look around and find thatYou are cheering from behind. I look ahead; I’m fearfuland my mind is filled with dread.I look within and hear Yousaying, “Look to me instead.” I look ahead; I’m… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Ahead”

Five Minute Friday: Vote

Happy birthday, my son.My greeting feels hollow.You’ve faced difficult days –seems more are to follow. Happy birthday, my son,though fires burn around,thick smoke fills your air,and ash coats the ground. Happy birthday, my son.On this day of your birth,are you wishing that leaderswould care… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Vote”

Five Minute Friday: Disappoint

“Disappoint” is an appropriate word for this year,a word I’ve grown weary of considering.I would much rather write of hope, joy, and cheer,of moments and times worth remembering.But life holds much more than wonderful newsor goals achieved or a glorious view,and in the valley… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Disappoint”

Five Minute Friday: Hold

A loved one had sent me several unfair and hurtful messages of accusation, insult, and blame. For months I felt defensive, sad, and angry. In a desperate moment, I decided to print and place the words into a small wooden box. I set the… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Hold”

Five Minute Friday: Help

days are too busynights are too briefstress overwhelmswe can’t find relief the path is uncertainthe future obscurewe long to keep movingbut feel so unsure a friend needs our comfortwe can’t find the wordsand inside we wonderif words will be heard prayers seem inadequatewe fumble… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Help”

Five Minute Friday: Breathe

It was January 2015. I sat at my desk, creating my usual list of ambitious goals and plans for the new year. I was also wondering what word to choose as my guide for the year, a word that would serve as my theme… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Breathe”

Five Minute Friday: YOUR

The word YOURis the path on whichwe move from MYto become OUR. My lifemy vocationmy giftsmy financesmy blessingsmy timemy world have all been graciously given from you, God. Help me to find the true ‘possessive perspective’… Your lifeyour vocationyour giftsyour financesyour blessingsyour timeyour world… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: YOUR”

Five Minute Friday: Church

Two years ago, Jim began serving as a pastor of a small Lutheran church here in West Virginia. This faith community has faced some difficult challenges and trials, so there are very few people left. Our leaders recently decided to sell the church building… Continue Reading “Five Minute Friday: Church”