Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 Minute Friday: Reach

I'm very excited again this week to join a talented group of women bloggers in an online, unedited flash mob free write. This week, the word-prompt given to us by our fearless leader Kate Motaung (whose wonderful blog can be found at is "reach". My timer is set for 5 minutes; ready, set, 

My hands don't reach out as much as they used to. Rarely do they reach out to pluck a new piece of clothing from a department store rack or to select a new pretty thing to take home and set on a shelf.  Yet I still reach.

My arms. They reach out to hug my son and my daughter. To hold each of them tight for a few precious moments. To convey to them without words how much I love them, how dear they are, how much I treasure their presence in my life.

My eyes. They reach out to seek glimpses of beauty in a world that is all-too-often harsh and discordant. To meet the eyes of someone who is hurting and let them know they are not alone.

My heart. It reaches out for friendship and companionship in a sea of people who are busy rushing from one event to another, from one task to another to-do. To connect with someone in a meaningful way.

My soul. It reaches out in its search for a stronger, deeper relationship with my Maker. To connect in a way that goes beyond hurried prayers in the morning and fallen-asleep-in-the-middle-of-prayers at night. To practice His presence in every moment.

My hands . . . they reach for very little now. But reach? Oh, yes, I still reach.


  1. Enjoyed this very much, thanks for speaking from the heart :). Visiting as your fmf neighbor!

  2. What a wonderful post! I love how you show that even you don't reach for the things you used to, you reach in other ways toward more important "things." I appreciate how you highlighted more than just your hands. Great job! So happy to be neighbors at FMF! Blessings to you today!

  3. Thank you for your kind words, Julie!

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Julie. I'm so enjoying FMF and was sorry not to be able to participate yesterday, but I'm so glad I made the trip back home for the day. Looking forward to seeing what we get to write about this coming week! :)