Friday, November 30, 2012


Five Minute Friday

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Writing for five minutes.
A sort of writing flash mob.
Each day, we are moving closer to the long darkness, the season of night everlasting. 
When days melt quickly into inky blackness and linger long on the edge of dawn. The days, they grow colder. The trees, they stand rigid and bare and stoic. 

How curious that in the deepest parts of this season, when there is more darkness than light, we would be offered the gift of wonder.

For who among us can abide in this darkness? To dwell here is to live among the walking dead.

So, the Wise One, He drew back the veil of stars and entered in. In a place at once dark and dingy, the bearer of light broke through the shadows.

It is on such an Eve that wonder lives and breathes and has its meaning. For there is no precedent, nor moment following, that can outshine the resplendence of Love made incarnate.

Even the moon seemed to feel the depth of darkness as it hung low and heavy in the twilight this week, full to bursting and burning with a fiery richness. Almost as if it was wondering as it wandered across the frosted sky. 


  1. Holly this is wondrous. I have to re-read it to savor the beauty. This is worship.

  2. Thank you dear friend.

  3. This is so very lovely, I could see him push the starry veil aside in all His strength and glory. You took me to a holy place in those five minute of writing. So glad to start my day with you.

  4. So poetic and wonderful. You've painted a beautiful image of both the oppression and glory of the dark! A great read to begin the Advent season. Stopping by from FMF.

  5. You took me somewhere this morning . . . I HAD to close my eyes because I wanted to be closer to what you were reflecting. It was so beautiful behind my closed eyelids. Thank you, Holly.

  6. Simply beautiful! Seriously got chills reading. Thank you.

  7. Oh, friend, you and me, writing about the dark night and the abiding and the coming. You speak my language, just with extra heaps of eloquence and grace. Grateful for your words here, Holly.

  8. Thank you, Shelly. That very image, the one of the starry veil, was so vivid in my mind's eye, too. Oh, to be privy to this wonder. Truly, it is a miracle.

  9. Beth, so grateful for your visit from FMF. I feel especially poised to receive new understanding and insight this Advent season. May it be so.

  10. Erika, you take me to these same places, friend. Your words, your heart, always they are pulsing. So grateful for your presence here.

  11. Jess, thank you for your kind words. Chills? Wonder will do that to you, won't it?

  12. Annie, we do speak the same language and the give and take, the offering and the receiving, it is such a gift. I am so thankful for you and YOUR words, here in this world.

  13. beautiful, i love your poetic language

  14. Thank you for your kind words, Kimberly.

  15. Wow. I am astounded. Such poetry. Such love-dripping words. Holly...this is breathtaking!

  16. I'm thankful, Holly, for your offering. The words seem to drip so effortlessly and yet are so poignant. Thank you. I just discovered you this week and honestly, can't get enough!

  17. Oh my, thank you. I am so glad that you found something here to take with you. Grace and peace to you.

  18. Summer, I am so glad that you "discovered" me. I am so grateful to have you sharing this space with me and welcome your thoughts and comments.

  19. Holly, the growth in your writing is truly astounding. So wonderfully beautiful and worshipful.

  20. Breathtaking... Wonder-filled post... the imagery and heart can be seen and felt!

  21. Oh, Karrilee, thank you. Your words are a gift.

  22. You have captured exactly why I love the velvet night populated with silver stars like pinpricks in the blanket of heaven. As I read, wonder crept in and I had to exhale my caught breath once finished. Thank you for this vignette.

  23. StefanieYoungBrownDecember 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    What wonder you've painted for us!!
    Beautiful, Holly!!

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