A Christmas Prayer

by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of 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 clean 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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95d39/huch/1902/07 Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer.  One of the most popular poets in the English language, he is ranked the 25th most translated author in the world.