It's 3:30 and I just got home about an hour ago from my Zumba/weight training/food shopping marathon. Last night, David wanted to make himself his usual breakfast/lunch/dinner of egg whites and salad (BORING,) and of course I didn't have any of the ingredients he needed besides the lettuce. I was like, "Oh, you live here? Sorry, I forgot." And believe me, I really did forget. "Maybe Hashem wants you to go on a diet," I told him. Why should I admit I was caught unprepared? NEVER!!
Besides, it has taken me two days to go through all of the suitcases, and do laundry, and cook for Shabbat, and put everything away. Oh, and of course there are these kids that live in my house that I'm supposed to take care of. So I did that too. Therefore, is it really my fault that I forgot to buy him everything he normally eats? Like, that's so last priority!
Anyhow, there was this folded up paper at the bottom of his suitcase. I opened it up before throwing it away, because that's the responsible thing to do. Actually, I opened it because I was curious. Responsibility is for adults. Well, it turns out that it was a beautiful prayer called "A Prayer of Thanks." So here it is. Print it up. Put it on your fridge. Make sure you give your spouse a copy. Enjoy!
King of Kings, Holy One, Blessed be He, Master of the Universe - THANK YOU!
THANK YOU for the myriad times You've helped me, supported me, caused me to rejoice, healed me, protected me, and encouraged me.
THANK YOU for always being with me.
THANK YOU for giving me the strength to do good deeds, and the strength to pray.
THANK YOU for all the times You've helped me and I didn't know how to thank You.
THANK YOU for the kindnesses You bestow upon me every moment.
THANK YOU for every breath I take.
And THANK YOU, King of kings, even for the things I don't have; THANK YOU for making things a little difficult for me sometimes; THANK YOU for the sadness I sometimes feel - for it is all for my benefit, even though I don't always see it that way.
Deep down inside, I know that everything that comes from You is best for me; everything that comes from You suits me perfectly, every detail meticulously designed for me, like only The King of kings can do.
THANK YOU for making things a little difficult for me sometimes, because only in this way can I appreciate what is good; only after being in the darkness can one appreciate the light.
THANK YOU for the wonderful life You've given me.
THANK YOU for the most minute things I have, for absolutely everything comes from You.
THANK YOU for always hearing my prayers.
Creator of the Universe, I beg your forgiveness from the depths of my heart if I didn't always know how to appreciate what You've given me, and instead of saying Thank You, I complained.
I am but dust, and You are Everything. Please don't distance yourself from me.
Master of the World, I love You with all of my heart and all of my soul.