Five Minute Friday: Again

Hello, Friends! Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Again. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Again


Some things are too tender to write about. They bring back all the feelings in a rush, until you feel as if you must relive each moment all over again.

Some things aren’t meant to be relived. They bruise the soul in such a way as to leave an imprint, one that never entirely fades away. One year later, the soul holds memories of a lifetime along with the shadow of the day you got the news, He’s gone. You try to forget how the words made you feel, how your hands shook when you put the phone down, and how the kids stared at you with wide eyes.

They’ve never seen you like this and you hope they never will again. But, this is life and you wear it fragile and you will receive more calls and bruises on your soul and shadows that never give way to the light.

Some things will never give way to the light until the day comes when all things are made new again. You rest in the knowledge of this and slowly allow yourself to heal.


This post is for all of us who feel lost in the dark, who mourn, who aren’t ready to put words to the tender feelings just yet. One year ago, we lost my father-in-law unexpectedly to cancer. Today, I mourn with you, as we live in shadows and eagerly await the light.


  • Val

    Visiting from FMF. I’m so sorry for your loss and for the pain in reliving it. Your words brought me right there. I know the feeling of time standing still as you try to assimilate words like that and I’m sorry for the ache your family is experiencing as you go through this one year mark.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Val. The feeling of time standing still is a universal one, I’m finding.

  • Sheila V.

    I’m sorry to read about your loss. I read the sadness in your post. I do pray that your heart will heal soon, despite the lasting “imprint, one that never entirely fades away.” May God comfort you and your family.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thank you, Sheila. God’s comfort does bring healing, but it’s a slow process.

  • I am dreading that call. I hope to see mine once more before we get that call. Living in different countries makes it scarier still, and when there’s sickness involved that call can come any time. My heart is with you.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      The distance makes it especially hard, but I think there’s extra grace for that too.

  • Mia

    Thank you, Kimberly
    I am in the shadows at the moment and needed this today!
    Much love and thanks again.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Mourning with you, Mia…

  • KimberlyAmici

    I am sorry for your loss. I have had two of those calls… my boyfriend in college and a cousin. It’s amazing how I will forget a conversation I had last week but will remember the day I received those calls, where I was standing and what exactly was said. I am grateful for a God who grieves with us and makes all things new.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I’m so sorry for your losses, Kimberly. It’s strange how we remember those moments with perfect clarity.

  • Denise Oldham

    Sending you love, prayers, hugs, and blessings.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      And I’m receiving them. Thanks, Denise:)

  • In our pain, God wraps His arm around our tender hearts and
    tells us everything is going to be good in the end.
    We trust in His promises because He surely knows. He is our sure foundation. <3

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for the encouragement, Esther.

  • Cassi Brightforest

    such a timely message here. thank you

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Lifting up a prayer for you, Cassi. Because I know, and so does He.

  • So thankful for that coming day, when all things are new. Praying for your family as you re-live moments you don’t want to.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Tresta. We’re blessed that there are many good moments to re-live as well.

  • Tender words here, such tender words. Thank you for sharing. You will touch many with this write. Knowing the Lord will use your words, your heart, and your voice, wishing you comfort in your loss, elizabeth

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth. It’s easier to write through the pain knowing so many people share in it.

  • Prickly tears coming from this post. Our hearts are raw at loss, too many things rub uncomfortably. I find light in the very pain that causes the darkness. There is healing in brokenness.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Praying for you, Emily.

  • So beautiful, sweet Kimberly. Sometimes there is more power in silence, than there is in filling it with words… feeling your heart and joining you in prayer! All things New… yes! This Hope!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I so appreciate your encouraging words, Karrilee:)

  • Hugs and loves to you. You write so beautifully and powerfully…..even in and thru such a hard and dark time God is able to use you so mightily. And there lies the miracle of grace.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      So much grace. Thanks for your kind words, Fiona.

  • So thankful that we can have hope during the dark days of the light that will come.

  • Frankly there are some things too precious to ever “get over”.