Thursday, January 30, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Hero

Five Minute FridayOn Fridays a bunch of brave writers gather here to all spend 5 collective minutes writing on a single prompt. It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week. This blessed, beautiful place where we open our hearts and let words and tears and the inner workings of our lives bleed and flow and dance across the virtual pages. Yes, this community opens wide and invites you in to share. Come and visit and read. You will be blessed.

This week: Hero


Climbing towers. Slaying dragons. Rushing headfirst into the thorny thicket. Yes. I used to compose a very specific idea of hero in my head – and it used to involve a chiseled Disney archetype with shiny armor and a sword.

Later, when I curled into my safe spot at my father’s desk; reading Greek mythology, Shakespeare; and other literary adventures far beyond my years, my estimation of a hero darkened, and I doodled strange, dark, multi-limbed creatures wielding swords, lances, and jagged shards – these new heroes always towering violently protective over the small shadow of myself that I included.

Still later, when real fairy tale crashed headfirst into real life, and my heart and other pieces were shattered and broken into bits, I disavowed the notion that there were heroes are all. I saw no honor. No sacrifice No courage. No excellence .No heroes.

These days, I don’t have to look far to see heroes. Not far at all.

Heroes love fiercely into the chaotic swirl of parenting that breaks a mother’s heart and can tear a family to pieces. Heroes stand and open their arms to let their children leave and remain standing there with arms open to welcome them back when prayer and faith restore what has been broken.

Heroes watch tireless through the dark of the night when fevers flare, stomachs roil, and congestion barks its ugly snarl. Heroes sit vigilant with cool hands and cloths that sooth; always knowing what to turn to for each ailment. Always patient and watchful to guide the sick and the restless back to health.

Heroes go to battle for the best that can be offered – even when the best is sometimes couched in a lesson that stings and burns. Heroes look long into the future and do not focus on only immediate happiness, but the foundation that is being laid and the infrastructure that will support a well-rounded, well-learned individual who will contribute much to their world. Heroes know that the long view is generally best.

Heroes stand firm in the face of immaturity and indifference, as children stretch; thrust; and fight to find their footing in the blind dark of desperation and a need for love. Heroes continue to stand and make themselves a beacon in the darkness; shining out into the bleak; the raging storm; and maelstrom; lighting the way to the home that will always be there.

All around me, in real life friends and ones I only know online, I see wonderful, Godly parents living their lives; setting an example; leading their children; and working to make a difference. The way is often hard. It is heartbreaking. It is thankless. But they continue on. They endure. This is for them. These are my heroes.


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  1. Ohhh, I love this. Fellow hero, thanks for making me feel like a dragon fighter in my own little world. :)

    Your words draw precise and beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing this week!

  2. Oh sweet friend - Yes! (And lookie - we are neighbors again!) #Kindred

  3. Yes! Loved this write, my friend. I see those things too. The everyday ordinary heroic faithfulness that shows all the ways God loves us.

  4. I LOVED your picture and pinned it to my Pinterest board with my word for 2014: Hope. Thank you!

  5. I've got tears in my eyes today. Thank you for this.

    "Heroes look long into the future and do not focus on only immediate happiness, but the foundation that is being laid and the infrastructure that will support a well-rounded, well-learned individual who will contribute much to their world."

    That is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. Thank you for breathing truth into the crevices of my soul this morning. xo

  6. Beautiful, Rebekah! This word today has me wanting to join in but...oh I could never write for only five minutes on the word HERO.
    Happy Friday.

  7. Oh Rebekah how I love this. To hear your words and your heart are such a comfort and reassurance. Thank you for sharing.

    PS I think you and Karrilee plan you link ups to end up as neighbors. LOL !!!

  8. You've nailed it, Rebekah! "Heroes stand firm in the face of immaturity and indifference"...and by living an example of what a hero should be, our children will be able to make heroic choices in their lives.

  9. What a wonderful description of true heroism.

  10. Love the way we both started on the Disney track :)
    This is beautiful, Rebekah, and so true when I look around, really look. As well.

  11. My heart rings with yours! So many unspoken heroes who step forward faithfully day after day leaning upon Him for strength. Blessings!


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