Happy Christmas & Merry Everything

A Christmas Prayer

By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

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 the 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 the Christmas morning

make us happy to be Thy children, 

and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds 

with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven, 

for Jesus’ sake. 


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