A Christmas Prayer
by Robert Louis Stevenson
O God, our loving Father, help us
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.