Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come with the shepherds and Magi to the stable in Bethlehem this Holy Season, our hearts overflowing with adoration and gratitude, as we kneel before the manger of Your only-begotten Son.

Unto us, and them that have lost their innocence and sense of wonder, a Child is born.
Unto us, and them that have hardened their hearts and misplaced joy, a Son is given.
Upon us, and them that have longed for peace and too often found unrest, a Light has shone.

Upon His shoulder rests a dominion of quiet power and gentle compassion, for Jesus has come to save us and to teach us how to love and serve one another.

O Lord, please send out Your Spirit this Christmas and soften our hearts once again. Help us to take the time, especially with our loved ones, to look into their eyes, to hear the message of their hearts sometimes hidden behind their words, and to appreciate the unfathomable worth of each person who crosses our path.

Help us take time also to seek You in the quiet of our hearts, homes, and churches, for time with You, dear God, is our greatest treasure.

Watch over our loved ones near and far, especially those who protect us at home and abroad. Bring peace to every part of our world, every room of our homes, and every corner of our hearts. May You be born again in us this day.


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