Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. “

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

After

What happens after the sunset?

Today’s prompt: AFTER

Today’s post provides evidence of what happens when you try to write about a serious topic without turning off the TV.

We think of “after” as in “before and after.” In HGTV terms, the “before” is cramped, out-moded, and undesirable. The “after” is a dream home.

And so it is with our theology—maybe. “After” is when the pain, loss, and limitations are removed, when we’re renewed spiritually and re-united with our Lord. It’s what makes the before worthwhile.

If it’s all about the “after,” what’s the point of the “before”? Are we just biding time? Is it all about preparing for that minute after death when we stand before God shaking in our metaphysical boots—our judgment day?

Is our “before” our taste of our “after”? Is our life journey what prepares us for our after-life?

On the other hand, is “before” what “after” is all about?

STOP

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Explanation:  At my uncles’ burial service earlier this week, the pastor did not offer any words of comfort to my aunt or speak about my uncles’ life, the number of people who were touched by him, or the deep sense of loss we felt.  Instead his message was, in a nutshell, “Jack already faced his Maker.  Are you ready?”  To me, Jack’s 89 years of life on this earth marked much, much more than for the preparation of Judgement Day.

(c) Laura Hedgecock 2013