We have our blessings and our joys; we have wonderful experiences and beautiful realities that are particularly ours. Thank you!
We also have our hurts and our grief; we have terrible experiences and painful realities that are particularly ours. Help us!
Use our particular joys and hurts to remind us that everyone else has theirs, too. Make us mindful that while our joys and hurts are ours, the experience of joys and hurts is universal.
Show us how to appreciate and to revel in our particular joy and to live in and through our particular pain without valuing them over those that belong to others—and so without valuing ourselves over others.
Show us how to live compassionately and creatively in our particularity and in our universality.