FMF - embrace


We were living in the home of some missionary friends for the year, housesitting while they were overseas on furlough. I had put my firstborn down in her crib, all curled up after her last feed of the day.

I tiptoed through the hallway toward the master bedroom, when the phone rang.

It was one of those dreaded phone calls you wish never existed.

A friend of ours had been killed in a car crash. She was only in her twenties — spunky and full of life.

My chest heaved in disbelief as the news sunk in.

I thought of our friend’s parents — how their worst nightmare had become reality.

And all I wanted to do was to hold my little girl.

Even though I’d already put her down for the night, I went back into her room, gingerly scooped her sleeping body out of the crib, and held her close to my chest. I let the tears stream down unwiped, and just held on in a tight embrace.

And she slept on, unaware that life can be snuffed out in a moment, without warning.


31 Days logo - 2015This is Day 4 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. For more prompts and posts in this series, click here.


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4 thoughts on “when you just need to hold the ones you love {day 4 :: embrace}

  1. Oh my, yes it most certainly can be snuffed out. We are there one moment…the next gone. We should always strive to love our people to the best of our abilities while we have the opportunity to.

  2. Life really can be snuffed out in a moment. It is indeed those times that I just want to embrace and hold on to my loved ones.

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