Five Minute Friday: Red

Five Minute Friday

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

5 mins of writing on a set topic.

I’ve decided that if I ever wanted to do more writing….and to really get serious about it then I need to be able to just write. Simply write. So I’m going to join some friends linking up at Lisa-Jo’s blog and we shall see what fun ensues…..

So here goes….



Where to start?  What to start writing about?  Red. Red.  Red.

Red red wine.  There’s a song about that.

But no.


I was thinking on the red thing and flicking from open tab to open tab on my netbook…..and bam.  There in my facebok feed was a link to an article about a 19 week old baby who was born, survived a few minutes and then passed.  This tiny, red, human being, held in someone’s hands ever so carefully.  Perfectly formed, but too tiny to survive.

I can’t bring myself to the read the whole article.  I can see the first paragraph and the photo.  The red baby.  Someone’s hopes for the future, wrapped up in a precious bundle.  Someone’s heart, crushed by what was not to be.

Do you know what a miscarriage that happens after 12 weeks is called?  A spontaneous abortion.  I learnt that the hard way.   Those words, they sting.  They go down deep, into a deep dark well of hurt.

But the more I live this life and the more I grow as a Mother and a Wife, with me grows my love for my family, I realize how great is God’s love for us.  So much greater than my meager offerings.

His love is higher than the heavens.  Deeper than the oceans.

Who can pour life and healing balm into a deep well of hurt?  Only God.

What can refresh and renew dreams, and take the place of dreams no longer able to be fulfilled?  Only the hope we have in Him.

It isn’t possible for us to have all the answers, we’ll never ever know why some babies are taken too soon, but we can rest in the peace that as we grieve, the Lord grieves with us.




8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Red

  1. thats a hug…. because there are no words to say i love you and i’m so sorry you’ve walked through this and how wow that statement of faith is – that there is hope in Jesus, that Jesus fills us in our ache.

    we may never know the WHY in our life, but we can know the WHO that holds us and carries us through any and all seasons.

    you are a strong amazing woman my friend, and i thank God often often often for who you are and how you stand on His promises

    • thanks blossom – it was many years ago – but always remembers – and one always wants to offer hope to others…to reach out beyond the interwebby and point the way to Him…..

  2. you will have an amazing capacity to understand what someone is going through – i watched the power of that as one of our mums who has had 3 miscarriages put her arms around one of our new mums who had just miscarriaged (in first trimester) and minister to her from the comfort God had given her. amazing.

  3. I love this post, Fiona. Although I did sing red red wine in my head for the first part of it. Thank you very much for that. Ahem…. I know this place. The baby lost too soon.

    My sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl today and I went and held her at the hospital and in the NICU we passed to get to her room are two babies who were born too early and are fighting. Two women I know who each gave birth too early. A precious 25 week old baby girl who is a miracle every day. And a surviving twin boy, God has already called his brother home. Those mamas are lifting those little lives to heaven every day and praying for them to keep growing and to fight and praying that God will not take them home even as they put their trust in Him. Only God can comfort in times like that, when a mother’s heart is broken into a million little pieces. Only our God can bring beauty from that kind of pain.

    Beautiful words tonight, sans the song reference. 😉

    • I will pray for these babies and their Mamas.
      Sorry about the song reference…..just keeping it real…..
      And congrats on the new niece!

  4. Fiona, it’s hard isn’t it? – that the world doesn’t give the right language to babies’ lives lost too soon. “Spontaneous abortion” just feels so cold and medical and… wrong.

    But you’re right – His love IS deeper than an ocean and He knows grief intimately and completely. It helps knowing that the one we hope in understands completely and unabashedly the anguish of our hearts when we experience loss.

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