Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Today began with a beautiful snowfall.  We have a guaranteed white Christmas this year.  I'm so excited.  Nothing says Christmas Eve/Christmas Day like clean white snow on the ground.  It just makes everything look so pretty, just like a Christmas card.

My husband and I took a drive in the snow this afternoon just to enjoy the sights.  Oh it was so pretty.  And, what is it about snow?  Have you ever just stepped outside and listened?  I always have to do that.  There is a quiet and peace outside that you never hear at any other time.

We topped off our day by attending the Christmas Eve service at our church.  Our pastor closed the service, like he has for the past 15 years,  with a prayer written by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I'd like to share it with you.
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. Amen.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

This is a picture of the Nativity in the front of our sanctuary.
Merry Christmas everyone!!

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