a five minute friday piece | excuse

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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 with 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 —

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.

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This piece first appeared at amandadzimianski.com.

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I write to invite pew-weary Jesus people to stop beating themselves up on God’s behalf, and embrace their truest identity as his beloved.

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Inviting pew-weary Jesus people to embrace + experience their truest identity as beloved through subversive spiritual disciplines. Hope*Writer. Creative mentor.

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