Lord, we thank you
that though Christmas is over
the Christmas message of a Saviour remains.
We thank you
that though all the presents
have been opened
the greatest gift of all
can still bring us joyous surprises.
We may for a time have eaten well,
if not always wisely;
but through your sacrificial giving of yourself
you offer us the bread and water of life
that we may be sustained all our days
and by your mercy brought at last
to your eternal kingdom.

Edmund Banyard

from ‘shine on, star of bethlehem


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