Rejoice in Time of Need

“No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife,” stirring my pot of fish chowder and setting the table in a welcoming way. It is times like these we need each other to endure the trials of life and ensure no one is alone. Katie is coming, she recently lost her husband to suicide and has three children to parent . Mary will be late, her six year old son is at Children’s Hospital waiting for a new kidney. Carla just drove up. She found out that she has cancer and treatment will start early next week. I have no time to weep over the things we are unable to control. The Bible says to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.Today we will rejoice the fact that we have each other!

P. Wolf, author linking with dverse’s prompt: http://dversepoets.com/2021/07/19/dverse-prosery-finding-ms-zora-neale-hurston/

Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line.

adverse

No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.

Zora Neale Hurston

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Romans 12:15
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21 Comments

  1. sanaarizvi says:

    You have my heart with this prose piece! Poignant, beautiful and emotionally resonant 💝💝

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      Thank you so much.

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  2. Raivenne says:

    This is dark, yet it is such an uplifting write. Yes, focus on the blessings – great and small.

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      … and a bit less complaining. Thanks for stopping in 😉

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  3. Definitely love the hope and gratitude in this piece.

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  4. This is so positive, Patti – even though it is also very dark. I’m truly impressed by the range of emotions you had me feeling.


    David

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      David,
      This is life. Sometimes people don’t want to talk about the”bad stuff” until it’s too late. If only everyone who is suffering could be touched by another person who could hold them up during their trial, life would be a better place 😉

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  5. Ingrid says:

    This is a beautiful use of the prompt, Patti! Life will throw all kinds of problems our way, but we can still rejoice at all we are blessed with.

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      Thanks Ingrid,

      There so much we can not control. If we focus on what we can do to help this world be a better place to live in, then we can add a positive finger print.

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  6. Helen Dehner says:

    “Today we will rejoice the fact that we have each other!” My heart aches for you, Katie, Mary and Carla.

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  7. merrildsmith says:

    Such a positive way to look at things–and an affirmation that we can all help one another. A pot of soup can soothe, if not solve the problems.

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      That soup warms the heart. Thanks for stopping in 😉

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome!

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  8. Lucy says:

    Beautifully, beautifully said. It’s very uplifting in the face of life and how it impacts others. It brought tears to my eyes as well, and I think it’s starting to change my perspective on how I view things. Thank you. ❤

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      In the last few months my neighborhood was hit with trials: cancer, suicide, Lou Gehrig’s disease, etc. Those are the ones I know of. The world is a tough place.

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  9. msjadeli says:

    Patti, your prosery brought tears to my eyes. Like Lillian said such affirmation and positive spirit infuses your words. Being there for someone can make all of the difference ❤

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      Ahhh, thank you. We all need each other. Writers know that too well 😊.

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome ❤

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  10. lillian says:

    I LOVE this! Such affirmation and such a positive outlook. Exactly right that we must not waste time crying over what we cannot change but do what we can and celebrate the blessings, however small, that we and others have. Thank you for writing this!

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    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      Thank you. It’s the story of the glass half full or half empty. 😉

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