Lights for Thankfulness

Love First

Holy Father, I want to sing your praises for Your only Son, given to us as a sigh of your everlasting love for us. Through Him we are saved and in Him we are given to touch a bit of the divine even from the lowering of our earthly condition. Thank You, Eternal Lord, for the best gift anyone could ever ask for.

Thank you for that beautiful day we remember the birth of our Savior: it is indeed merry and bright.  Thanks be to you, Eternal Lord, for the chance You have given me to celebrate such a joyful occasion with many loved ones. I recognize that, while I have a beautiful family, not everybody is surrounded by love. I realize that these are precious gifts, that one should care for and protect from the evil of the world. Help me always remember how blessed I am.

Father in heaven! You have loved us first; help us never forget that you are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over seduction of the world, over the disquiet of the soul, over anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over distress of the moment.  But grant also that this conviction might discipline our soul so that our hearts might remain faithful and sincere, in the love which we bear to all those whom you have commanded us to love as we love ourselves.

Let us join in with all to celebrate Christmas and its wonderous gift! Let us be one family as we proclaim your Kingdom! Not only with our family and friends, but the whole human Family, as we are made brothers and sisters through Your Holy love, in Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name I pray! Amen.

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Proverbs 17:1

(inspired by a prayer by Søren Kierkegaard | via Come Weary Mom)

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