During Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays, I’m often “the guy” called upon to lead everyone in a prayer before the big meal. Praying with my family is a gift and a privilege, but I must confess, I’m often at a loss for words about what to say. How do you beat the Christmas story? (Not that God has any real competitors.) It’s pretty tough to surpass the eloquence of Isaiah and the simplicity found in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, or John. So instead, I offer you a prayer for this Christmas written long ago by a famous author…
This Advent season, I’ve been reading through a beautiful bible filled with art and wonderful devotions. It’s called The Mosaic Bible. It’s filled with different reflections, prayers and note for the Christian calendar through the year. If you’re looking for a thoughtful Christmas devotion to share with your family or friends…or, if you’re called upon to give a special blessing at a meal, you’ll be ready with this wonderful prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson.
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 the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
—Robert Louis Stevenson (Scotland/1850-1894)
I pray you have a wonderful time celebrating the beauty and simplicity of a baby born in a manger for the salvation of the whole world. May the peace and joy of Christ come alive deep within your heart this Christmas!
Questions: What do you love best about the Christmas story? How will you be celebrating Christmas this year with family and friends?
I’d love your thoughts and comments.