DeacPost “Common Gifts”

“The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common.  Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.” – Martin Luther

I am fortunate to see how dogs can change the lives of people with disabilities every day.  A dog can break down social barriers for a child with autism.  A dog can open doors or retrieve dropped items for a person with a spinal cord injury.  The dog is just one example of many gifts God has made common.

Epiphany is about gifts and it is easy to overlook daily things – common things – that are gifts.  In this season of Epiphany, as we look for light in our darkness, let us rejoice also in the gifts God has made “the commonest.”

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for the many gifts, both common and exceptional, you have given us today.  Amen.

Deaconess Shannon Chaney, Santa Rosa, CA

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