Well, isn’t this an interesting word? I have read my dad’s Five Minute Friday posts for quite some time and I have threatened to join – but never did. Dad is probably smirking right now as I write this. Joke is on me, I guess.

When I saw the writing prompt, my brain immediately went to the conclusion of movies. I’ve seen way too many movies with abrupt, incomplete, or predictable conclusions. It makes me angry. The guy does not always get the girl. The job is not always the dream. The family is not always perfect. Why do we have to pretend? What happened to cliffhangers and tear-jerkers? I know it is just a movie, but if I pay $12 to get in plus $15 more in popcorn, I expect a darn good ending, ya know?

And suddenly my heart tells me I am not really mad about a bad ending in a movie. I am just mad at an ending. A conclusion.


…Five minutes is not long enough for me to organize my thoughts and type anything with coherence. I’ll try to do better… I will also learn how to post these in a timely manner and link appropriately. For now, this is what I can offer.

Allow me to conclude with this: A very wise man once told me that the ending is just a new beginning. I never really understood that until now. I mean, I “got it” but in this moment of real life conclusion, I can only look up and say, “Yes dad, I get it.” The curtain has been drawn and this particular scene must conclude, but the show is far from over.

What comes to your mind with the word “conclude?”

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10 Responses to Conclude

  1. Bethany V. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us here! I like a good ending too. I think the reason I can’t stand books and movies without happy endings is that real life has too few. I’m so thankful that through Jesus we can have the ultimate good end, and new beginning.


  2. I feel the same way about attempting to write for 5 minutes on a topic. You did a great job however. I don’t even try so there’s that. Well, I tried once. Joe Jr. would excel at this task. Ask him about his masterpiece on bananas and pass the buck on to him 🤣


  3. Deanna, you did a great job posting. “An ending is just a new beginning”. I like that, it is so very true. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
    Visit from FMF#5


  4. Great post, Deanna…you have your Dad’s heart, and a vey clear, distinctive voice that’s all your own.

    As for me, dnone of the special schools to which I was sent ever taught me how to spell ‘surendar’, much less o it.

    I’ve been told I should conclude
    that my time here is past,
    and I’m not tryin’ to be rude,
    but Bubba, not so fast.
    Sure, the nights are torn by pain,
    and sure, there’s lots of blood
    that gets (‘scuse me!) flushed down the drain,
    but my tide is at its flood,
    for I know my foe’s grim face,
    and I am not afraid,
    and by God’s own martial grace
    I learned this game is played,
    when the coin of one’s veracity
    is counted in ferocity.


    • Deanna Kohlhofer says:

      Spelling surrender is easier than surrendering. We need to give ourselves time and grace. You have an amazing gift, Andrew. Thanks for using it in this space. 😉


  5. Tara says:

    This is beautiful and perfect! Your dad is smiling down on you!


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