Five Minute Friday: Excuse

Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles and for cultivating a playful approach to the writing work that can sometimes be taken oh-so-seriously.


when the noise only grows emptier for the volume
and the pitch-perfect performance tastes stale

when being present is counted as presence
and we’re taught to teach by talking instead of listening

when what matters is how well we line the mold
and not who we already image-bearing are

when we pedestal the speakers who parade on stages
and leave their living lies unchallenged

when we measure every motive, excise every emotion,
and still ignore bleeding bodies, suffering minds

when we demand allegiance to flags dripping of Empire
and refuse to own any history we’ve not white-washed

when we proclaim the bondage of law as freedom
and skip the soul of love in every sentence

then I’ll wake up and a backbone will begin to bloom 
straight up from the ashy soil in which I’ve sat

and I’ll stand up and walk out and let those 
stages and stained glass
be exactly what they are—
illusion

and I’ll stride down the steps and out
into fields set afire with grace
and learn to grow roots and sow love
beyond a single patch of sacredness

and do you know, I won’t even ask to be excused?


I grew up being taught—and believing—that there was one right way to connect with God. It tended to be simultaneously overcomplicated and one-dimensional.

These days, I’m all for experiencing God’s presence through myriad ways and means, not just in a morning quiet time or a building called a church. I’ve created a simple guide for using our senses to connect with God in ordinary everyday moments. I’d love to send it to you. Subscribe below to receive it.


You can find the link up for today’s prompt here.

10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Excuse”

  1. This is SO powerful. So the heart of Jesus. This world is not our master; He is. We don’t need to sit in the stands in rapt attention to the show the world puts on. We aren’t required to participate. We can get up and leave at any time, by His authority, no excuse needed.

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  2. Incredible!! Very powerful. “These days, I’m all for experiencing God’s presence through myriad ways and means, not just in a morning quiet time or a building called a church”. God is everywhere. We have no excuses to experience his presence. Deirdre FMF#1

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  3. If we do walk “into fields set afire with grace and learn to grow roots and sow love,” then we’ll reap a good harvest. Thanks for sharing, Amanda.
    Lisa, FMF #13

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  4. Absolutely wonderful, Amanda. I too have learned that we can no longer confine God to the little box we put Him in because it suits us to have Him be that way. He is infinitely larger than that and each of us relates to Him in unique ways.
    Your words flow so beautifully!

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