Five Minute Friday — Neighbor

Howdy, neighbor!

See how I deftly included this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt in the introduction?

I’m actually going to deviate from the usual five minutes and propose a new outreach ministry. Of course, that means some background … and a whole lotta explanation!

Who is our neighbor?

Well, it’s more than our immediate neighbors. It’s our family, our friends, this FMF community and everyone else we come into contact with on our journey through this life. That’s why I’m expanding the initiative beyond my family to my neighbors and yours.

A few months ago, my daughter suggested the family participate in family photo challenge. Each day she would supply a word and we would dig into out galleries to come up with a visual representation of that word. Yesterday, for example, it was “angles”. Each night she would post our visuals in a Facebook post for all the world to see. It was just another way to keep a spread out family connected.

We got three or four months out of the experiment, but interest has been starting to wane. So, yours truly came up with a twist. Since I’ve been preaching about everyday miracles, how about sharing those in photos or text? Everyday miracles. Something unexpected that captures your attention if only for a moment. Like the dancing river or a flower in the crack of the sidewalk or a cloud or kids laughing and playing or …

The purpose is three-fold. First, it preconditions us to look for God’s hand in the ordinary. It doesn’t have to be a burning bush moment, just a moment in time when you stop — even if for just a few seconds — to marvel at the Higher Power at work, be it something you saw {that you might have otherwise overlooked} or a catchphrase that resonated at just the right time and perhaps turned around the tone of your day.

Second, it gives you an an opportunity to share this “ah ha” moment. From experience, I can tell you these random posts can sometimes make quite an impact. You may not think they do, but God knows when and how to use them. It gives you the chance to be a conduit for God.

Finally, since we’re focusing on blessings, it becomes a ministry, a light to shine God’s power in our lives to an often unbelieving world.

I told the kids I would coordinate by posting the album each night. And now I’m extending the offer to the rest of the neighborhood as well.


If interested, message me your blessing {I’ll only use first names and no reference back to you} or e-mail to You can find me on Facebook @joesiccardi. And of course, that’s where the day’s blessing will be posted each night. Or you can start your own blessing party with your friends and family.

Now that I’ve co-opted the Five Minute Friday script, I should probably remind you what the exercise is really about. It’s about free-style writing on a specific prompt word for five minutes, then linking and sharing at at Kate’s place on Facebook at

I’ve also been sharing snippets taken from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. They are a testament to the value of the exercise. This week, I’ll share some perspective from Elizabeth, who I hope inspires you to check us out or, better yet, encourage you to try your hand at focused, unscripted writing for just five minutes. And share it on Kate’s website.

“Lisa-Jo’s blog [the originator of Five Minute Friday] was one that I started following and pretty soon, I couldn’t keep myself from joining in FMF. At first, I tried to limit it to the comment box but I had things to say, and I needed a place to say them. I started a blog strictly so that I could participate in FMF. My blog became my writing incubator and I didn’t share it with anyone except the lovely FMF participants. My own mother didn’t know I had a blog! I needed to start writing again but I wasn’t ready to share that writing with the world. FMF gave me a supportive but private community with which to share my heart through writing again. I’m incredibly grateful for the push that joining this writing community gave me.”

There you go neighbor!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: God is in everyone’s life … even if the life of a person has been a disaster … even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else. God is in this person’s life. — Pope Francis



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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Neighbor

  1. ambertaube says:

    What a lovely idea!


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