Day 26, December 24

Merry Christmas!

Count Your Blessings

Blessing to be counted today:
The giving and receiving of gifts

Take, O Child,
The gift that I bring,
Rich and rare as befits a King:
Costliest myrrh from the East afar
For the tomb foretold by the traveling star.
When they bear you slow to your kingly grave
You shall lie at last with the gift I gave.

Strange are the gifts that the Wise Men bring
To so small a Child, to so strange a King.
Sovereign gold, but his brow was torn
When they hailed him King, with a crown of thorn;
Frankincense, that they might provide
Perpetual praise to a God who died;
But none so strange as the myrrh they gave
To anoint the clothes of a three-day grave.

Text by Timothy Dudley-Smith
“Visit of the Wise Men”
Collected Hymns (1961-1982) and some early poems
Copyright 1984 by Collins/Hope

Donation for Today:
Twenty five cents for each gift you will give at Christmas

God of hope, you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression to the freedom of justice, the balm of healing, and the joy of sharing. Make us strong to join you in your holy work, as friends of strangers and victims, companions of those whom others shun, and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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