Five Minute Friday: Common (& an update)


Happy Veterans Day. Thank you to our veterans.

I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, please click here. This week’s prompt is, “Common.”

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” These words make up the last phrase of The Pledge of Allegiance. I am thinking of these words as I wrestle with the fresh aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections in the USA.

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I think of these words and of the fact that the recent elections have been described as the most divisive, among other terms, in US history.

I think of these words and our recent elections, and I think also of some of the lyrics from the song, “Love in any language.”

We teach the young our differences
Yet look how we’re the same
We love to laugh to dream our dreams
We know the sting of pain. …

Oh, maybe when we realize
How much there is to share
We’ll find too much in common
To pretend it isn’t there

Differences are easy to see and are too often devalued or seen as deficits. But we have much in common and need to remind ourselves of this truth. And may what we have in common, such as our shared humanity and our desperate, daily need for God be the focus of our attention, instead of our differences.



We are now 4 DAYS AWAY from the official LAUNCH DATE (11/15/16) of my book, Sliced Bread: Food for the spirit. It is now available for pre-order at and will be available through Amazon on 11/15/16.



8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Common (& an update)

  1. Oh, yes we do have much more in common than we realize. I am reminded of Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” I am stopping by from Five Minute Friday.

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