I am going to use it today.
It's my almost New Year Eve's prayer.
Christmas Eve Prayer
Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and 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 Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake.
Robert Louis Stevenson
I wrote this at the end of 2010;
How can we possibly live in world with so much pain and delight?
I suppose we do it because it is what we are called to do.
It is our trek on this earth. This beautiful, exciting, lovable, temporary earth.
We are called to learn God's truth and pass it on.
We do it with gentle and generous spirits.
We do it with forgiveness and compassion.
We do it with love.