The weekly Five Minute Friday word prompt for this week is “relief.”
When I first heard the word prompt I had to get my mind out of the gutter. All I could think of was relieving ourselves in the bathroom. Little kids learning to potty train. Babies and diapers. Laughing so hard that you have to pee your pants.
Once I got that out of my mind, I was able to move onto a different kind of relief. Relief that comes in beautiful and holy ways.
An infant in my arms
Laughter in the midst of tears
Joy in the midst of sorrow
Hope in new beginnings
Great music or movies
“Weeping comes for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
Relief found in peace
Peace that only God can bring
But sometimes that peace
That relief isn’t enough
Or comes too late
Or isn’t seen
Please pray for our community
A 7th grader committed suicide outside our middle school earlier this week. From what I understand, he posted it all to SnapChat. My heart aches so deeply that our youth are having to deal with this earlier and earlier.
Love your words. Praying for your community!
Ohhh. That’s awful … but the post was uplifting.
Yes awful indeed. Thank You
Oh my, the many images your words conveyed! And the contrasts. So sorry to read about the young student that committed suicide. I will pray–asking the Holy Spirit to intercede because I don’t know enough.
I love that you shared your first thoughts on the word “relief” but I’m so sorry to hear about the student in your community. Praying for all those who are grieving right now.
We’ve given them the Internet
and electronic toys,
but it seems that what we get
is murdered girls and boys.
We’ve given freedom of the talk,
and bullying, as well,
to those who can barely walk
into a private hell.
And now we call it suicide,
and say our hands are clean,
but in the place where God abides,
He knows just what we mean,
that we would not be judged
for the rules that we have fudged.
This poem captures the sad reality of this situation.
We need to pray for our children and all they face today! Thanks for sharing!
i’m so sorry to hear about the suicide in your community Tara. sad.
Tara, I think that God’s peace is also offered through our connections to each other and that is something that is deeply in need of restoration in our culture. We must do better. Praying for your community.
Yes we must do better indeed! Thanks for the prayers.