A Prayer for the Christmas SEASON

Christmas Praise and Thanksgiving

Loving God,
We thank you for this day and all it speaks of –
your promise of old to send a Messiah to your people,
The fulfillment of that promise through the sending of your Son,
the realization of those long years of expectation,
the glad tidings proclaimed by the angels,
the wonder and mystery of that first Christmas.
For all this time means and will always mean,
we praise you.

We thank you for this season’s power to move, inspire and challenge,
to gladden the hardest of hearts and most broken of spirits,
to stir our minds and capture our imagination.
For all this time means and will always mean,
we praise you.

We thank you for the special things we associate with Christmas –
the spreading of goodwill,
the sharing of friendship,
the longing for peace,
and the expressing of love.
For all this time means and will always mean,
we praise you.

But above all we thank you for the truth behind this day –
the message that you have come to us,
that you love us,
that you have shared our humanity,
and that you want us to share in your everlasting life,
For all this time means and will always mean,
we praise you.

Loving God,
accept our praise,
receive our thanksgiving,
bless our celebrations,
and may the wonder of the Gospel
come alive in our hearts this day,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

from Prayers for All Seasons by Nick Fawcett, Kevin Mayhew, LTD, 2008.

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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