Fifth Day of Christmas
We praise you for sending your Son Jesus Christ into this world of ours; we praise you for having him come to us as one of us.
Thank you that in so coming Jesus affirmed and blessed the value of the everyday, of the mundane, and of the human. Thank you that in coming to a family, to a community, and to a nation he blessed the experiences that are common to all of us. Thank you that in coming as a particular person in a particular place in a particular time he blessed the individuality that characterizes each one of us.
Help us through Christ to appreciate and to live fully our lives in our body, in our family, in our community, in our nation, and in our world. Help us to appreciate both what we share in common with all other people and what makes us uniquely ourselves.
Let our approach to life reflect that appreciation.