Five Minute Friday #3

Linking up with The Gypsy Mama:

“Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays. We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to finger paint. For joy in the process. No matter how messy the result. Write for five minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.”

Today’s topic: EMPTY


So many of my loved ones are hurting. One lost a newborn. One needs a kidney very soon. One had a horrible accident and is recovering, and then her dog is now in critical care. 

I listen to each of their needs, and my heart hurts desperately for their pain. I pray, I plead and I question God. They are all left so empty, a huge hole in their hearts over what is or will be missing.

Yet as I pray and plead and question, I begin to feel guilty. I’m not empty right now. Nothing is missing right now. I’m so blessed, I’m so full. I question the fairness of it…

…as I look at my beautiful and healthy children and hear their laughter.

…as I look at my husband and how he loves and supports.

…as I feel the connection and love of my friends and family.

I wish I could scoop up just some of the fullness of my life and spread it around to my loved ones who are so empty right now. I wish with all my heart I could transfer some over into their account. 

Instead, I pray and plead and question some more. I pray for fullness. I pray for peace. I pray for healing. I pray they will be able to rejoice in the blessings they do have, despite the ache and emptiness of what’s been taken.

The Lord is able to exceedingly do more than we can even imagine. That’s fullness – life abundant. Remembering He’s the one that fills the empty places.