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Stockings hanging from a mantelpiece at Christmas

Featured on this page is a beautiful prayer poem for Christmas Eve, which reflects on what might have been going through the hearts and minds of the shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph shortly before Christ came into the world. Also on this page is an uplifting grace to say before Christmas dinner, and a blessing suitable for sending to a friend or loved one at this special time of year.

I Wonder Lord
(a prayer poem for Christmas Eve)

I wonder Lord what the world would feel like
Before you came to earth.
Before the dawn of love reborn,
Before the promise of the baby of light!

I wonder did the shepherds feel
The absence of your grace?
Before forgiveness came in a manger,
Before your mercy was laid in the hay.

I wonder how desperate were the hearts
Of those Kings who searched for truth?
Before all wisdom was born that night,
Before the dawning of a Saviour bright.

I wonder just how Joseph felt,
What a heavy burden he bore.
Before the promises of a beautiful boy,
Before he held the miracle child.

I wonder whether Mary was
The first to feel new things,
Before the birth of Jesus,
Before she carried the Kingdom within.

I wonder this on Christmas eve
Before the dawn of day.
Before the celebrations
Before my Lord's birthday.

Christmas dinner prayer
(Short grace before meals)

Lord of heaven and earth,
We join today with Christians past and present to celebrate your birth.
Bind us together as one family with your love.
Thank you for your sacrifice Lord.
Today we eat and and give thanks your birth, life and resurrection.
We share this food, our lives and our hearts with one another,
In memory of you, our Saviour and Lord.


A Christmas Blessing

a beautiful Christmas prayer for sending to a loved one during this festive season:-

"I wonder just how Joseph felt"

Night Time Prayer

a night time prayer poem with sunset in background

bible verses for Christmas

"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

(Isaiah 9:6, NIV)

"In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God."

(John 1:1, CEV)

The Lord says, "Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times."

(Micah 5:2, GNT)