Five Minutes, Five Thank Yous

It is said that the the simplest and most appropriate prayer is two simple words: “Thank you.” These are my five “thank yous” to God for today:

Julia on our honeymoon

Photo: David Ozab

1) For a wife that knows what I’m going to say before I say it and sometimes what I’m going to think before I think it. For a connection that goes beyond words; a connection between two souls.

Thank you.

Firefighter Anna!

Photo: Julia Ozab

2) For a daughter whose imagination never fails to delight me. I could listen to her play for hours with all the little voices she makes, and could watch her make faces in the mirror for hours too.

Thank you.

Photo: Ben Franske (CC BY-SA 3.0)

3) For a roof over my head and a refrigerator full of food. So many people don’t even have that much, and despite the rough stretch we’ve endured over the last few years we’re still doing ok.

Thank you.

Line outside Toys R Us on Thursday night

Photo: KEZI 9 News

4) For online shopping, so that Julia could get a start on Anna’s Christmas list in the comfort of our home last night while others waited for hours online. Just think: if the people who stood out in the cold all afternoon waiting for the doors to open at 8 p.m. had stayed home too, maybe the people who had to work last night could have had a Thanksgiving evening with their families instead. That would be something everyone could be thankful for.

Thank you.

RG3 fist-bumps with a kid

Photo: Getty Images

5) For the Redskins and Robert Griffin III, who finally gave me something to cheer about by beating the Dallas Cowboys 38-31. You don’t know how many Thanksgivings the Cowboys have ruined for me over the years. This was one I could truly enjoy.

Thank you.

Five Minute Friday


2 thoughts on “Five Minutes, Five Thank Yous

  1. Way to go for participating in FMF!!
    I always feel sad for those working on Thanksgiving too… I feel especially sad for the football players and their families. Yes, they are entertaining and doing something they love.. but sometimes… they need to be with their families too in communion with others feasting.. Because if you can’t sit together with your family for a lovely meal, what is all of it worth?
    (I’m not a football fan.. obviously..)


    • Never thought about that. I don’t feel too bad for the players—especially those who sign with Detroit or Dallas and know they’re going to be playing every Thanksgiving as long as their on the squad. I feel for the people working at Ford Field (the Lions’ stadium) and Cowboys stadium: concessions, security, etc. They also have to work every Thanksgiving too (the games are always at home). Hadn’t thought about them until now: kind of stinks not to be with family. Thanks for commenting.


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