As I look upon your face, Loving Jesus, I see your invitation to trust you. Send your Holy Spirit upon me as I make my pilgrimage in life and grant me the grace to trust You more and more each day. You have given me a unique constellation of gifts and talents to be used in building up the community of faith. May I always look your face and see You as the greatest sign of God’s love for me. Then grant me the courage to follow your witness by giving my life in loving service. Amen.
— Rev. Craig A. Pregana
O Jesus, I desire that you make your will known to me; I wish to follow you. Enlighten my soul and give me the strength and courage to choose the state of life in which you wish me to serve you. Dearest Mother Mary, obtain grace for me through your powerful intercession.
— Author Unknown
Bless this home. May its windows catch the sun and its doors open wide to friends and loved ones. May each room resound with laughter and may the walls shut out troubles and hold in warmth and cheer. May this home be filled with joy in the morning and sweet dreams in the night. May it be a home where love has come to live.
Bless this doorway. Bless and protect the goings and comings. May all who come to it be treated with respect and kindness.
Bless all the rooms of this house. May each of them be holy and filled with the spirit of happiness. Protect us as we stay awake and watch over us as we sleep. May this home blossom with love, goodness and generosity.
Bless this living room. As we gather in this room to share friendship, may love and peace never be strangers within its walls. May the spirits of mirth and laughter, hope and faith, playfulness and prayer, compassion and love be perpetual guests in this home. May the spirit of pardon and forgiveness reside with us and be always ready to heal our divisions.
Bless the kitchen and the dining room. As you fill the hungry with good things, send your blessings on us as we worry about what we will eat and drink. Teach us to share with others what we receive through your generosity in the spirit of thankfulness.
Creator God of Light and Love, be our shelter when we are at home, our companion when we are away, and our welcome guest when we return. Send your abundant blessings upon this house, now becoming a home.
— Author Unknown
Often we want to be able to see into the future. We say, “How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or ten years from now?” There are no answers to these questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step: what we have to do in the coming hour or the following day. The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next step with the trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go. Let’s rejoice in the little light we carry and not ask for the great beam that would take all shadows away.
— Henri J. M. Nouwen from Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith
God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Your honour and glory.
— Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequalled greatness.
Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so that we may know You better and better.
We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the
unknown new year knowing You will go with us.
We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead,
depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..
I say it again, we rejoice!
In Jesus name,
— Author Unknown
Lord, grant me the eyes
to see the beauty of Your world.
Grant me the voice
to speak the words of Your prayers.
Grant me the strength
to help the children of Your creation.
Grant me the grace
to feel joy of Your presence.
Grant me the insight
to know the peace of Your love.
— Celia Straus from Prayers on My Pillow
Christmas, my child, is love in action …
When you love someone, you give to them as God gives to us. The greatest gift He ever gave was the Person of His Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like! Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
— Dale Evans Rogers
God of all gifts, we thank you for the many ways you have blessed us this day. We are grateful for each of those who are gathered around this table. We ask you to bless us and our food, and to bless those we love who are not with us today. In our gratitude and love, we remember your humble birth into our lives and pray for those who are are without enough to eat. We remember the stable in which you were born and pray for those who have no place to live. We remember your challenging message of caring and giving, and we pray for peace in families and nations throughout the world. We bless you and give you thanks in your Spirit, who brings our hearts to life this Christmas Day and forever. Amen.
— Creighton U. Online Ministries
The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas
Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas
Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World
House Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Toasts Celebrating Home and Family
The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna
Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes
Joy to the world our Saviour comes
Not in power, not in might but in the tenderness of love
He comes as the promise of life hidden in a mother’s womb
This is the time we believe once more that perfect love casts out fear
That generosity transforms scarcity into abundance
That righteousness overcomes oppression with justice
This is the time we are assured
That God’s light has come into the world
And the darkness will never overcome it.
— by Christine Sine
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 your children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
— Robert Louis Stevenson