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Setting my cell phone timer for five minutes, and … GO.

My kids’ best friends were in a car accident last night. Right in front of our house. We live in a church parsonage, and they were turning into the parking lot for prayer meeting. Four siblings in one car. They got broadsided, then the driver who hit them slammed head-on into an electrical pole.

Praise God, no one was hurt. It was nothing short of a miracle.

The car that hit the pole was an ’83 El Camino. If it hadn’t been made of steel, the three occupants never would’ve walked away.

My daughter’s 11-year-old friend, who had been in the car that got hit, came into our house, shaking, while one brother called their parents and the other one lay on the ground having a full-on panic attack. People congregated and swarmed. Fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars pulled up, lights flashing.

And nobody was hurt.

Needless to say, all three of my kids were shaken to the core. They came face-to-face with the brevity of life. How things can change so drastically in just a split second.

My nine-year-old spoke his fears out loud: “If they had died, I would’ve lost my closest friends. I feel so bad for their parents. What if all their kids died in one car?”

The question filled all of our minds: What if we had lost them?

And yet God intervened.

Six times in the gospels, Jesus says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

Friends, we never know when our time will be up. It might come on an ordinary Wednesday night when you’re turning into the church parking lot on your way to prayer meeting.

Are you ready?

For those who bow the knee to Christ as Lord, Jesus says, “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day” (John 6:39).


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18 thoughts on “five minute friday :: lose

  1. Am I ready? Nope. Not hardly.

    I intend to fight this to the last round, I will fight on when the blade of my Ka-bar breaks, with rocks and stones and nails and teeth. I will leave a devastation so vast that death will think twice before coming for a merc, ever again.

    Why? Not afraid of it, and believe in God and all that…but this is my fighting position, and I still have some fighting left to do. For my wife, for the dogs, and for those who think my words mean something in their lives. There’s love left to give, and I won’t quit till I am bled dry of every drop.

    Besides, God made me for no other purpose than war. Different AOs, different weapons, same deal.

    So, no…I’m not ready. I am ready for the fight.

    Bring it. I am waiting.

  2. That is such a scary experience! Hope it can lead to some good conversations and healing for those involved, but wow- feel for those kids and the parents as well (and the other driver!) So awful!

  3. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on lose. Go. […]

  4. Kate, I checked in this morning to see the word prompt as I couldn’t stay awake last night! I saw LOSE and Mark 8.36 immediately rose in my spirit and I went and wrote my post. I was wondering the back story to your word choice and came over to read after mine was posted and published. It takes one split second – I am sorry for the trauma this created for the kids but it seems the Lord brought redemption from it. Thanking the Lord everyone walked away. Always blessed to be a part of FMF! xo

  5. Kate, I am sorry for the trauma this experience brought to the kids. Incidents like these remind us of the preciousness of life – not only every day, but every moment. May we keep that in mind and live wisely. I am always grateful to join you!

  6. Kate,
    wow. That question of readiness has been large in my mind this week, and that is exactly where you went! I’m going to go a different direction, but am lifting prayers of thankfulness for your children and for their friends.
    Looking forward to being a part of the linkup!

  7. Kate, I’m so sorry to hear of this accident. How awful. Praying God will minister through the trauma experienced.

    I used to get that question “Are you ready?” asked a lot in youth group and all it did was instill fear. Now, my response would be: “I’m in God’s safe hands. He’s the One who decides if I’m ready to behold His Face in Glory.” He’s still tilling my heart…so I suspect this is not my time…but if it is, I know where I’m going: where He has promised me.

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