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


Playful kitties


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.

16 thoughts on “Relief

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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