A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

To old friends, new friends, and friends I have yet to meet,

I want to sincerely thank you all for welcoming me into your blogging community this year. It has been great fun to write for you these last few months, and you have been so encouraging. I have enjoyed our interactions, and I look forward to getting to know you even better through your posts over this next year.

A lantern hanging on a wood paneled wall.

A few weeks ago, I came across this Christmas prayer. It is widely attributed to one of Scotland’s literary sons, Robert Louis Stevenson, although I am unable to find the source. Regardless, it is beautiful, and it is my personal prayer for you this blessed season.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.


A Christmas Prayer

By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

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.

Amen.

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