Eleventh Day of Christmas
We praise you not only because the baby Jesus was your beloved Son but also because you affirmed his sonship for him in his adulthood when he was baptized by John the Baptist.
We praise you because in your Son Jesus we are your children, too.
Sometimes we forget that we are your children; sometimes we doubt that we are your children; sometimes we take for granted that we are your children.
And sometimes we remember that we are your children; sometimes we trust that we are your children; sometimes we are humbly grateful that we are your children.
Let us remember more often than we forget; let us trust more often than we doubt; let us be humbly grateful more often than we presume.
Let us hear, accept, and live in light of your gracious affirmation that we are in Christ and in fact your beloved children.
Then let our lives demonstrate a family resemblance …