Five Minute Friday: Race

The texts started lighting up my phone around 9:30p.m. They continued throughout the night and early morning. By mid-morning Wednesday, I knew I needed to go. I would get in my car and race to the hospital just inside the city line of the town I grew up in.

It was Tuesday when my sister almost died. And though some would say, “But she didn’t die.” The fact that we were hours from losing her is surreal.

I am having quite the time processing every thing from the last few days. I go between anger, sadness, gratefulness, hope and so many other emotions. Truth is, she is in a race. Against time…against disease…against unrealistic expectations… A race that she runs accompanied by those who love her the most. It will be a lifelong event. Life as she knows it must change or an early death is imminent.

We are all running a race. Some days are better than others. If you are in the midst of a time that is more difficult than serene, I am praying Psalm 34 for you;
“God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.”

What / Who are you running to?

Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

15 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Race

  1. Pingback: #FiveMinuteFriday: Race « Pilgrim Wanderings

  2. Joy,
    I remember when I was introduced to your sister Jennifer back in July. I was so impressed with her hand writing and work with flowers. I also appreciated her replying. I am thankful to hear that she is on the mend. I pray that it will go well for her.

    • Thank you so much Heather.
      She is on the mend, but there is a long road ahead. I am encouraging her to take it day by day and not focus on the overwhelming entirety of the situation. Blessings to you!

  3. In Oct. of 2006, I almost lost my sister too. She had a horrible case of bacterial pneumonia from hell. She is okay too and has had to make changes due to the damage to her lungs from the disease. I almost lost my son to a disease. I know these aren’t the same as what your sister and you and your family have endured and I can only imagine how hard this has been, but your verse and your post share the hope that comes from Jesus…that I could relate so well too. Thank you! I run to Jesus in these moments too…for the peace that surpasses understanding. Praying for your sister today!

    • Thank you for sharing this, Dionne!
      I am so glad that you didn’t lose these family members that you love. Scares like these are tough.
      It’s all part of the journey. It changes my perspective and makes me incredibly grateful for each moment.
      Peace and Light to you.
      Joy

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