Dec. 25: A Christmas Prayer

The Scottish author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote books like Treasure Island and Kidnapped, once penned a memorable Christmas prayer that conveyed the true and divine meaning of the holiday:

“Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men.

“Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.  Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.  Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
“May Christmas morning make us happy to be Your children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”

A child has been born for us, and a son given to us…and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6)

Thank You for the gift of Your Son, Heavenly Father.  May He guide our thoughts and actions today and every day.

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