Merry Christmas, everyone! My gift to you today is a Christmas prayer written more than 100 years ago by Henry Van Dyke, American author, educator, and pastor. You may be familiar with some of his other works such as the Christmas short story, The Other Wiseman (check it out if you have never read it!), or the lyrics to the beautiful hymn “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” His Christmas prayer expresses in simple, beautiful words, joy for the gift of Jesus and hope for the gifts He still wants to bring us.
A Prayer for Christmas Morning
By Henry Van Dyke
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 wisemen.
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 Jesus’ sake.