A Christmas Prayer
help us 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 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. Amen.”
Robert Louis Stevenson (kin to D.E. 🙂 )
(1850 – 1894)
Before the Ice
“Before the ice is in the pools,
Before the skaters go,
Or any cheek at nightfall
Is tarnished by the snow,
Before the fields have finished,
Before the Christmas tree,
Wonder upon wonder
Will arrive to me!” **
(1830 – 1886)
Love Came Down
“Love came down at Christmas;
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and angels gave the sign.”
Christina G. Rossetti
And one of my favorite of Christmas songs, lyrics revised by the original composer to reflect his joyous love of the Lord…
HAVE YOURSELF A BLESSED LITTLE CHRISTMAS (Revised by the original composer to reflect his fresh love of the Lord) (Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane) Sylvia Lange Christmas Future is far away Christmas Past is past Christmas Present is here today Bringing joy that will last... Have yourself a blessed little Christmas Christ the King is born Let your voices ring upon this happy morn Have yourself a blessed little Christmas Serenade the Earth Tell the world we celebrate the Savior's birth Let us all proclaim the joyous tidings Voices raised on high Send this carol soaring up into the sky, This very merry blessed Christmas lullaby. Let us gather to sing to Him And to bring to Him our praise Son of God and a Friend of all To the end of all our days Sings hosannas, hymns, and hallelujahs As to Him we bow Make the music mighty as the heav’ns allow And have yourself a blessed little Christmas now.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.'”
~ Luke 2:10
From me to you…
** Wonder upon Wonder of His Love to each of you this Blessed Morn!