Sunday, December 25, 2011

Our Presents - Jesus' Presence

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

A Prayer for the Opening of Christmas Gifts

“O Great Giver of all good gifts, make these beautifully packages and their contents more for us than simply objects and possessions.

Open our eyes… that we may see in these gifts the love and care that you have given us to share with one another. Grant that the sentiments behind every gift might be truly appreciated, and that our ‘Thank yous’ might be genuine.

Open our eyes… that these gifts might, in some small way, remind us of the many gifts you offer to us every day – food and family, clothes and shelter, employment and recreation, life and love.

Oen our eyes… that we may see in each of these gifts a tiny reflection of the greatest Christmas gift of all – the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

[-From the brochure “Jesus Presence; Our Presents” by Creative Communications for the Parish (St. Louis, MO) © 1993]

As you open (or have opened) the Christmas gifts of your household, may the joy of this day be yours, and may your gifts always bring to mind a recollection of God’s greatest gift to you and me… the baby Jesus! Remember, God loves you and I do, too! Merry Christmas!

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