Cling

White lettering on background says "Cling" - and it is clinging from the photo's top border.

Clingy.

There are always a few.

Leaves that won’t let go of the branch.

Christmas tree needles that refuse to be vacuumed up.

Pounds that won’t drop off despite your best efforts.

“Clingy” is not usually thought of as a positive trait.

But there is a parallel trait, one that does draw admiration.

“Loyalty.”

A friend who sticks around even on your worst days.

Family members who travel life with you through its ups and downs.

Our own willingness to pursue a course of action with discipline.

On our worst days and during life’s “downs”, we can cling to that loyalty.

It helps us hold on.

It helps us cling to hope.


I’ve struggled in recent months to find the time and energy to write. A group of writers proposed writing something every day for the month of October, based on a one word prompt, and writing in just five minutes – no worrying about perfect grammar or always being poignant or well-polished. I’m giving it a go in an effort to jump start my writing. For the one word prompts, I’m going to follow along with The Upper Room’s Sight Psalms. They put out a picture a day and apply one word and a short reflection. If you are reading this, thanks for accompanying me for this experiment in motivation and discipline.

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