On behalf of Plating Grace and The Table Foundation, I wish you a most special Christmas with family, friends, and food, and share with you my Advent prayer and Christmas blessing. Prepare your heart and your home for Christ this Christmas, and may all come to see the light of His face through your words and deeds.
Advent Prayer and Christmas Blessing 2016
In the spirit of true Christmas cheer
We remember how the Lord came amongst the poor.
The real gift is to free us from fear
and to teach us to love as never before.
The coming of Christ brings joy to God’s holy ones,
and trembling in fear to those with evil intent.
His Reign, His Good News, His Justice has begun
and darkness is banished when True Light is sent!
In our days the true Christmas message is one we must live.
Now more than ever must His Love among us dwell.
For Good News can be proclaimed when in love we fearlessly give,
and help those who feel far from Love’s eternal realm.
His light will come in the dark and silent night.
Take courage and trust in the Name of Jesus.
If unafraid we are victorious in our fight,
In Jesus, The Emmanuel – Our God Who is with us!
The true Christmas Cheer is more than tinsel and gifts.
It begins with Mary’s “Yes” and Joseph’s obedience.
Christmas Cheer came down from the Spirit whose gifts uplift
those souls who speak Good News in actions like Joseph’s silence.
May this prayer, this poem and verse be for you and your family
A gentle reminder to give the truest gift of all –
A gift of Faith, Hope and Love that continues to bless incredibly
From the Great God, who waits for us, laying in a manger stall.
I pray that this season will be for you and yours a special time of God’s grace around your family dinner table. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Fr. Leo E. Patalinghug
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