Friday, April 27, 2012

Community -- Five Minute Friday

Five minute Friday

We bloggers write for five minutes flat on Fridays. We set a timer, throw caution to the winds and try to remember what it was like to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. write for 5 minutes, no back-drafting, no editing –

This week's topic to write about for 5 minutes flat is COMMUNITY:


I am not one who seeks out community, groups of people, lots of friends, etc. I'm one whose first instinct is to run FROM these things. I'm a loner, a hermit, and I hide myself away. But I've learned the value of looking into someone's eyes and seeing love, trust, friendship, and yes, even the image of God Himself. I've learned to hug, embrace, smile, and risk turning myself inside out, and I have these (and more) to thank for that:

Marty, the one who calls me “Momma” and sees more in me than I will ever see.

Vanessa, the one who accepts me as I am, scars, scratches and dents and all.

Jackie, who hugs me every time she sees me, despite the pain she feels each time she is touched.

George, who always give me a Werther’s hard candy and says, “I love you best next to my dog!”

Ruthie, who always asks how I’m feeling and am I doing ok, and doesn’t take just “fine” for an answer.

Ron, whose eyes smile when he sits down behind me, always gently touching my hair to see if it will stay where it is put.

Liz, so full of grace and understanding, always sitting next to me in church, always a friend.

Dan, quiet, always a smile, always a problem solver, always a handshake, always a teacher.

Mike, who always has time for me, no matter what’s on my heart, no matter what he has to do, a keeper of confidences, someone who keeps his promise to pray.

Suzanne, quiet as a mouse, but always has a smile for you, no matter what, no matter where.

Peggy, a tender-hearted, do anything for you, down to earth, reality based, fun loving quilter.

Charlotte, shy, quiet, but as faithful as one can be, despite migraine headaches, always a sweet, kind word.

Lynn, so bubbly and full of smiles, always friendly with a hug and genuine concern.

George, quiet, but always there, always with a handshake and welcome.

MaryJane, a gifted encourager, a “walk beside you” type who sees God’s hand in everything.

Pastor Earl, whose only burden is to see his flock walk in God’s ways and understand His Word correctly.

Barry, a huge teddy bear with a huge tender heart for God.

There are others but I must . . . . STOP!

Visit all the others who are writing about community today at:


Elaine said...

Oh, that was fun to read! I like your community of friends! It made me start to think of my friends and what they mean to me.

Debbie said...

You have many friends close to your heart to write about in five minutes. I'd still be thinking about what to write about unless something's reeeeeaaaaly on my mind. You know too many people to be a loner! ;D

dsblanchard said...

It's unbelievable to me how much you can write in 5 minutes. I know you are just supposed to write and write and write and not edit, but even with that rule, I would find it difficult to get past 3 names and tell why I love them.

You make my mind spin. So inspiring!

Nikki said...

What a blessing! This community that surrounds you!
my favorite line: risk turning myself inside out...
that's it, isn't it. when we choose to commune with another heart.

So thrilled to be among your Five Minute Friday community -- beautiful write!

All for Him,

Debra said...

Oh Cora~
We are so much alike. I am a hermit too. I truly love alone time.
Your list of friends was precious.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hello from the Philippines, Cora! It's good to be a part of community and that's why God is forming communities. I am part of Ligaya ng Panginoon (Joy of the Lord) and God called us to be a community in 1975. He said that we shall see His face, and true enough, we see His face in our brothers and sisters! God knows what we need! Patsy from