Five Minute Friday: Open

It’s the last Friday of 2011. Wow, that year just sorta flew by, didn’t it? We’ve been on a brief vacation this week, enjoying the beauty of the Cambria coastline in central CA with our older daughter and her family. I’ve tried to keep up with reading but am failing miserably. And writing? Fuggedabout it. But this favorite 5 minute prompt? I’ll give it a try as Friday winds down. Check out Lisa-Jo’s collection every Friday at  And if you feel like joining in, go for it! 

Driving north on Highway 1 this week, we were stopped for about 20 minutes due to single lane driving as a new bridge and tunnel are being constructed. I loved the way the bridge we landed on opened up to the view and yet cast its own shadows that were interesting, even beautiful to behold. I’d like my life to be open to the view, the heavenly view! And I love looking for shadows of heaven in the here and now

This week’s prompt:



“Open my eyes, that I may see,
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear,
voices of truth thou sendest clear;
and while the wavenotes fall on my ear,
everything false will disappear.

Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere;
open my heart and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.”*

An old song,
filled with strange language,
yet speaking truth still.
This is what weaves its way
through my mind
and my heart
as I walk through this day,
wondering how to respond
to this Friday’s prompt.

The song is a prayer,
a prayer I echo – 
sometimes hesitantly,
sometimes even fearfully,
but echo it, I do. 


And I would add to these:

A new year comes, Lord.
A new year.
May I receive it 
grace and gratitude,
hope and anticipation,
quietness and strength. 

Open me right up.


*This hymn was written by Clara H. Scott in 1895. The text comes from Psalm 119:18 – “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”


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  1. Beautiful! It’s such a simple thing but it’s really amazing how our lives can change will we allow it to be open to HIM. Thank you for this reminder as we head into the new year.

    Be blessed,

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful song! Openness is a quality we must all strive to cultivate…

    My Five-Minute Friday Post

  3. That’s a wonderful old hymn that has meant a lot to me in the past but I haven’t sung it for many years. (Those dear old hymns are something I really miss about today’s contemporary church services.) It’s a beautiful, prayerful song to sing/pray for this new year–and I know what you mean about sometimes praying such words with trembling heart and knocking knees. Your message today is full of blessing.

    It will be fun and exciting to see what God will be doing in your life and your family’s life in 2012. Surely He will be right beside you every step of the way!


  4. Thankyou. (Because sometimes words just fail to communicate what a person feels.)