Five Minute Friday: In Between

Joining Lisa-Jo’s free-writing flash-mob for Five Minute Friday once again. The prompt? “In between.”

Today we took the screens off all the windows and cleaned the accumulated debris from between screen and glass. So much collects in between.

In the case of windows, we don’t want it there. Other times, we’re desperate to find the stuff that is between: what is it that fills the spaces between words, between lines? What is the thing not said, that hangs in the between-ness of a conversation?

And life is full of betweens: the roads that take us from here to there, the times when we’re waiting for something to begin, the times when we don’t know. Or, perhaps, knowing fills just one space between vast expanses of “I don’t know.”

It’s tempting to live in between, to look back, to look forward, to not look at now. To think of now as the space between screen and glass, all of its accessories as things which ought to be cleared away one day, things we don’t value.

Cling to your between-ness, to the today that is all you ever have: tomorrow and yesterday being both permanently out of reach.

You’re given grace for this between-ness, for this today. Not grace for tomorrow, but grace for now. The silent places between the words, the empty spaces between the lines — without them, we wouldn’t understand the words or the lines at all.

Thanks, Lisa-Jo!

4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: In Between

  1. That is so beautiful, Stacy. You are such a good writer!

    “You’re given grace for this between-ness, for this today. Not grace for tomorrow, but grace for now. The silent places between the words, the empty spaces between the lines — without them, we wouldn’t understand the words or the lines at all.” <3.

    Amen! That's such a good reminder, because we often keep thinking that we are in the 'in-between's, and keep wanting the BIG things to happen, and essentially forget that our 'in-between's really often are the most beautiful and treasure-worthy times in our lives.

    By the way, I tried to comment the other day your Award Post, but my comment got lost, and I have had little time to re-recomment 😦 however, I wanted to thank you so much for the tag award, 'twas so sweet of you! I shall try to respond to the tag-questions sometime during the blog-party I am currently hosting. On that note, I was wondering if you'd like to join the party? Basically, I am hosting it to thank all my readers, celebrate two years of blogging, have fun together with tags and also challenge each other to be more committed in challenging and uplifting one another as sisters in Christ and writers too through what we write and comment on in our blogs :D. I hope you can join in the tags!

    http://joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/balloons-o-party-announcement.html

    • Thank you, Joy! I’ll have to go check out the tags and see if I’m up for them. 🙂 Until the “award,” I’d never done anything like that, but it is fun. No worries if you don’t find time for the “award” tags, but it struck me as something you’d like. (Speaking from my, ehem, vast knowledge of you. ;))

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