Friday, January 18, 2013


Five Minute Friday

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Writing for five minutes.
A sort of writing flash mob.

Seven years old.

Completely taken by the joy trail that fluttered on his arrival.

Immediately accepted.

Embraced with a love strength that surprised and delighted.

Carried constantly.

Squeezed and kissed, seventy times seven.

Gazed at, caressed, completely delighted in.

Held by the hand in everything, but most connected when alone.

Despite lengthening years, the love growing roots and clinging deep.

Loved so hard until thin places developed, serving only to reveal his center, the stuff he was really made of.


Could the way that I loved this childhood plush grant me a glimpse of the divine?
Could it reveal, in ways new and yet examined, that I, too, am cherished?


  1. This is so beautiful! I was sure that you were talking about your son, but the ending gave it a new innocence. I immediately had a Velveteen Rabbit moment. So pleased that I linked up after you at Lisa-Jo's. Your words touched my heart in a wonderful way this morning.

  2. Holly magnificent write on CHERISH. Oh I love even the sound of that word. Want to see the childhood plush. May you find joy in steady revealing of His love. And new eyes to see the depths and degrees to which He cherishes. A beautiful prayer for us all.

  3. Love this sweet post! We adopted our beautiful daughter from birth and I remember the first time I kissed her belly. I felt something happen deep within my own. A holy intertwining. Many blessings to you!

  4. Loved so hard until thin places developed. Yes! Love what you're made of friend. This is beautiful.

  5. Hi Holly
    Childhood memories of being cherished really forms a lot of our character as an adult like you have said, as well as our ability to trust and believe that we are cherished by our Heavenly Father!

  6. Wow, Holly. Like Alia, I was so struck by this: "Loved so hard until thin places developed, serving only to reveal his center, the stuff he was really made of." Your write on cherished is so utterly beautifully uniquely you. Another expression of what he's put inside you to share with this world. How I'm loving getting to know the heart of you.

  7. Amy,
    Thank you so much for visiting from Five Minute Friday. What a wonderful community that is. And thank you for your kind words. I realize that it isn't exactly clear who or what I'm talking about when the piece first begins...I thought I would try something a little different. But I'm glad that you understood where I ended up. Again, thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. Thank you, friend. I no longer have that dear sweet animal plush (it was a beaver, by the way!) but, oh, how I loved him. To think that such love was only a glimpse of the love God has for me, well, it's crazy overwhelming, I tell you.

  9. Beth,
    Thank you for stopping by! Believe it or not, I wasn't talking about a child here but, actually, a childhood toy animal that I received when I was seven. I was exploring the idea of something that I, personally, had cherished and then turned it around to examine how very much I am cherished by God. I love the story of your daughter's adoption, though. That is beautiful.

  10. Thank you, dear Alia.

  11. Ashley,
    Your words are so very kind and I, too, am so loving getting to know you. Thank you so much for being here. Your presence is a gift.