A Prayer for Christmas Morning
By Robert Louis Stevenson
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
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
Wishing kind thoughts for a Merry Christmas.
Although we are of many faiths,
it is important that our common humanity
allows us to share a season of peace and goodwill.
Photo illustration: Michael Dickens © 2016.