In Others’ Words: Christmas Prayer
We yearn, our Father, for the simple beauty of Christmas — for all the old familiar melodies and words that remind us of that great miracle when He who made all things was one night to come as a babe, to like in the crook of a woman’s arm.
Before such mystery we kneel, as we follow the shepherds and Wise Men to bring Thee the gift of our love — a love we confess has not always been as warm or sincere or real as it should have been. But now … that love would find its Beloved, and from Thee receive the grace to make it pure again, warm and real.
We bring Thee our gratitude for every token of Thy love, for all the ways Thou hast heaped blessings upon us during the years that have gone.
May the loving kindness of Christmas not only creep into our hearts, but there abide, so that not even the return to earthly cares and responsibilities, not all the festivities of our own devising may cause it to creep away weeping. May the joy and spirit of Christmas stay with us now and forever.
In the name of Jesus, who came to save His people from their sins, even in that lovely name we pray.
Abridged version of a Christmas Prayer by Peter Marshall
(1902-1949), former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate
I am giving myself a gift — the gift of some time off from blogging between now and January 1, 2013. I wish each of you a joyous Christmas and a deep sense of God’s love and lavish grace in your life. I hope you know how much I appreciate connecting with you through In Others’ Words. See you next year!!
In Your Words: I’m giving myself the gift of time. What would you like for Christmas this year?0 I like this!