Friday, September 19, 2014

Hold: #FiveMinuteFriday

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(It's been busy  this week but I'm so excited about what's in store. Next week there'll be a very special guest post and we'll start talking about 31 days. But like every Friday I'm joining with a community of writers that encourage one another. I write to process my week, discover what I truly believe and tell stories. You can join us here.)

I measure the ingredients out methodically. I have scoured the Internet for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and I hope the one I've chosen lives up to all the hype. I mix in coconut sugar and cream it with eggs, butter and vanilla. And I pray.

This is new for me. Learning to pray over what seems like the smallest things. And this time I pray for him. I pray love into that dough. I pray that he won't see the end of a relationship as the end of himself. Or worse yet, the end of life.

I believe in the power of prayer. In community, God, life lived together, and presence. But I also believe in the power of a chocolate chip cookie. It is one of the few times that I get out the white flour and refined sugar I so staunchly avoid.

And I pray. I wrap the cookies with a personalized tag. And I pray he will feel, know, taste and eat love. I pray as he takes hold of that plate that he will be completely aware that he is anything but alone. And I pray he will remember what he knows of us. What he knows of Jesus. And perhaps this end of a relationship may be the beginning of life after all...


  1. Visiting from FMF. Loved the imagery and felt the love. But I was confused about the intent. Who were the cookies for? Whose relationship ended (yours? a child's? a friend's?). Still, I felt the love and wish I had one of those special cookies myself.

  2. Here from 5MF... Blessings to you. I hope the person you gave those cookies to finds comfort from your efforts. Happy Friday!

    - Melissa

  3. Joe, they were for a friend who recently came to the end of a log-term relationship in a painful way. Thanks for reading thoughtfully and for stopping by.