A Christmas Prayer

Father in heaven,

The Christmas gifts we gratefully receive today–if we are among those so fortunate to enjoy any gifts celebrating your Son’s Advent–are but pale reflections and fading echoes of all the gifts you have graciously already given us, on this day, in this year, and during the whole of our lives.

In fact, if we were to stop and consider all that you have so faithfully provided for us, over whatever span of time we choose, no doubt we would be overwhelmed by thankfulness, even as we acknowledge that we would probably forget the bulk of your innumerable kindnesses. We are, even on our best days, weak and and selfish recipients of your bounty. Still, we pause now to render our poor and pitiful sacrifice of praise, knowing that you will be well pleased.

We thank you most especially this day for the Gift of all gifts, your Son, who came to earth not just to show us how to live, but to provide real, unending Life via his death and resurrection on behalf of all who will simply trust in him.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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