Welcome to this week’s edition of the Five Minute Friday link-up! Whether you have a blog, an Instagram or Facebook profile, or a good ol’ fashioned pen and paper, we’re so glad you’re here!

Every week we gather around a single word prompt and freewrite for five minutes flat.

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: MANY




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

Disclaimer: This post is a bit of a downer . . . Sometimes that happens. 

This past week, the horrendous trend of mass shootings struck closer to home — about an hour and a half away, to be exact, at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Three students were killed and five were critically injured.

It just keeps happening.

That same day, I saw a post about a rock on campus that was painted black with the words, “How many more?” spray painted in red.


Photo credit: Seth Wells, Twitter, https://twitter.com/SethTVSports/status/1625501041033871366


How many more?

How long, O Lord?

Months and months of war in Ukraine. Tens of thousands killed by an earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

More shootings.

How many more? How long, O Lord?

Needless to say, it’s been a heavy week. We know people on the MSU campus and have other friends with various connections to the university.

It seems every time I look at or listen to the news, it’s just more tragedy and trauma.

How long, O Lord?

Sometimes all I can pray is, “Come, Lord Jesus.”

May these devastating events give us a deeper longing for His return and a greater anticipation of the day when there will be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4).

He is coming soon.







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