Advent 2022: Monday, December 12

December 12, 2022

I recently came across a box of sermon notes that belonged to my Grandfather Reverend H. L. Kinzel who served the congregation at Capitol Hill Christian Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He, like many in the ministry, had an extensive library full of resources to pull ideas from for each sermon. I wanted to share this timeless prayer by Stevenson, a 19th Century, Scottish Writer that was in Grandpa’s box of notes, appropriate and meaningful still today. Merry Christmas!

Cindi McDonald, elder

“A Prayer for Christmas Eve” by Robert Louis Stevenson
Loving Father, help us to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the songs of 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