Friday, October 5, 2018 – Five Minute Friday – Share

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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

Tears fall and grief manifests as a lump of pain in my gut. I pour out my heart.

Lord, I feel so alone in this.

My lament is heard, and I am reminded of what I have seen about the character of the Divine this week. He sympathizes with my weakness; he understands my grief.

I hear a whisper; the still, small voice of the One who knows me best, and who loves me most: you are not alone; I am with you always.

The  circumstance doesn’t change but I do. Through sharing my heart, and admitting my weakness, I become strong.

And it is as if scales fall from my eyes and I see Truth.

The answer comes as the Light shines and I see a way through.

And it is all framed in Love.


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. Linda – yes, pain and grief are loud and meant to be shared. I hate the message that grief and pain are God’s ways of getting our attention and that He can use them as opportunities to be so close to us – I prefer warm and fuzzy in my relationship with HIm. On the other side of pain – yes and Amen to the strength He imparts… your words are the truth.

    1. Good morning, Melissa. I prefer warm and fuzzy too, but life has not always handed that gift to me. It has been in my darkest nights that I’ve come to know God’s faithfulness the deepest.

  2. Certainly we don’t want pain of any sort. Prayer and turning into God is our strength. Thank you for your words. FMF #22.

  3. Hmm, that C.S. Lewis quote is powerful! As are your thoughts! Thanks for sharing them with us.
    (your FMF neighbor)

  4. Linda,
    Greet to meet you. I followed you on Instagram and liked your page on Facebook.
    May God continue to give you strength and comfort during this season of your life.
    #71 FMF
    I post on Medium but can’t find the friend’s share link. Hope you can read it if you check it out.

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