Friday, December 25, 2015

 A Prayer for Christmas Morning   by Henry Van Dyke

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven,
    and crowns another year with peace and good will.

Help us rightly to 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 wisemen.

Close the doors of hate and open the doors 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 that Christ brings, 
    and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy
    to be thy children, and the Christmas evening
    bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts,
    forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake.



Neal said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your day be filled with Blessings and may they last throughout 2016.

DavidDavid said...

Merry Christmas...:)

gretchenjoanna said...

This is such a lovely blessing with which to wish us a Merry Christmas. Did you paint the card? XOXO