Five Minute Friday — Silence

Happy Five Minute Friday.

Five Minute Friday is a discipline where independent writers join together to transform thoughts on a specific prompt word from their minds through their fingers onto the screen for five minutes. Then we get together and share our pearls of wisdom {okay, some times they’re swine, but the intention is always good} at Kate’s spot on Facebook at

To entice you to check us out, I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words contributed by Martell. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.

“FMF is a writing practice that requires different tools and a different mindset. I wish I had used this format when I taught eighth grade writing! The regular discipline of this writing improved my writing.

“The one word prompt nearly always sparked my imagination and led me down unexpected paths. Sometimes, I confess to a total block on some topics, thus I skipped a few Fridays.

“Encouragement from a community of writers was just the added icing on a delicious treat. Such a wide variety of writers at different stages of life, different ways of worship and service, from all over the U.S. [and around the world].”

There you go. The timer is set so it’s time to GO…

My first thought from the prompt was the song Silence is Golden. I prefer the Four Seasons’ version because, well, the Four Seasons were MY American boy band in the 60s, although the version by the Tremelos received more play time.

The song resonated to my life as a teenager . I saw so many young ladies fall for so many lines, reducing my feelings to sounds of silence. “Silence is golden, but my eyes still see.”

I did try to warn them on many occasions, try to ease their minds, letting them know I was there to listen if the need ever arose. Some took me up on the offer. Most didn’t. “Mind your business, don’t hurt her [them] you fool.”

You know this is somehow going to morph into a mini-sermon, so here goes.

I think God is the same way. I think He often watches in silence as the guys and girls in His life look for the happiness their way. …STOP

We follow our heart and head and desires with our logic. We want to find true happiness, only we try our way. “…people follow like sheep even though there is nowhere to go … How could [we] tell [we’ve been] deceived so well. Pity [we’ll] be the last ones to know.”

I think God looks at us during those moments and thinks “And if I tried I know [they’d] say I lied.” And so He remains silent … and waits. He waits until we come to the realization we must be still and know He is God. Then He breaks His sounds of silence and embraces us with all He has as He whispers, “Silence is golden, golden, but My eyes still see.”

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: You are never given a wish without being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. — Richard Bach


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8 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Silence

  1. Leigh says:

    Hmm. Now I have to go back and listen to that song. Lots of golden nuggets in your post. Thanks for sharing and making me ponder a little deeper. Blessings to you! Stopping by from FMF.


  2. Yes Joe, I agree. He ordains our steps, but he knows. We think we’re lions but we’re all sheep and easily led astray. Thankfully he waits patiently! I don’t think I’ve made it your way in a while. I’ve missed your wise words.

    As a fun aside, I’m playing your boy band version on youtube. My little crazy girl walks by and asks what song it is. I tell her, she says “I like it, it’s catchy.” She’s 11.

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  3. Wow, you said so much here. I loved that song and now have to listen to remember the words. Silence has many sides to it. God sees, He waits, then embraces. Love it! #79


  4. Well, gosh, thanks for putting that song into my head. I’m not being ironic; it replaced Simon and Garfunkel’s pedantically pretentious “Sounds of SIlence”.

    I often think of God as a parent to teenagers; He’s wanting to keep us safe, but to do that would prevent our maturing into they types who would be fit citizens of Heaven.

    So He waits by the phone wringing His hands, when we’re out being idiotic.

    Love the Richard Bach quote; I have a plaque with it!

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