“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