A Christmas Prayer

“Merciful Father,

“You so loved the world that You gave Your only begotten Son. He who was rich became poor for us, the eternal Word made flesh, a great light shining in the darkness. Only because of Your Word and Spirit have we seen that Light and been drawn into its brightness.

“Give us the grace humbly and joyfully to receive Your Son, even as the shepherds and princes who welcome Him, and to look no further for our redemption than to this child lying in a manger.

“This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.”

(From the Forms and Prayers of the United Reformed Churches of North America.)

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