Five Minute Friday – Still

But the blessings and promises of God . . . emerge from a real-life story that also knows that we live in a broken world and some days are tough.

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible

I’m joining in with a group of writers for Five Minute Friday where we’re given a prompt (this week it’s STILL) and write for five minutes about it.

We still want to make a difference. Despite our cracked selves, and the way courage leaks out sometimes, we still want to put something out into this messed up, crazy world that will leave it just a little bit better for our having walked this way.

We don’t want to fall into the trap of believing that our experience is the most important one, but we do. Time and time again, we are overwhelmed by emotion, and it colours everything. Sometimes I wish it wasn’t so, but it is.

We want to do better, we don’t want our feelings to be the captain of this ship—a welcome and delightful passenger, yes, but surely integrity and wisdom should be the ones to steer this boat.

So we go back to the One who loved us first and best, and ask for what we need in this thing, and find that He’s still there. We find the most amazing grace, and overwhelming love, that’s still there even after everything—even despite everything.

We are humbled, grateful, and given what we need. We walk different after that, our path is illuminated. We are filled again, and something remains in the wake of our passing that leaves this place just a little bit kinder, and just a little bit brighter.

And it’s all because of grace that’s still, and always, there.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. “And it’s all because of grace that’s still, and always, there.”. This is so true and a beautiful reminder of his constancy in our lives. Nice to meet you!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Angie!

  2. I’ve returned to FMF after a lengthy absence and found this post. Oh what a blessing your words are, how they speak to my heart, how they remind me of truth. Thank you!

    1. Welcome back to FMF, Patti. Thank you for coming by this space.

  3. Still…even after everything. Like that line.

    1. Ah yes, grace is like that, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Indeed it is!

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