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A Prayer for Christmas Day

A Prayer for Christmas Day

The night has come

The night we waited for

The night we prayed for

The night we hoped would come

The night we knew would bring us joy.


Some say it’s a silent night

Where all is calm and all is bright

Where angels sing

Where children smile

Where hearts are full.


Christ is born for us

The precious babe

The one to save us.


The night has come and a new day dawning

Today this Christmas day we savor that birth

The child that was born for us

But it’s not quiet

It never was.


The sounds of birth

The tears of joy

The wellspring of friends and family

The shouts of thanksgiving.

Today is Christmas Day!


Let us shout for joy

Proclaim the birth of our savior

Welcome the newborn king!


Wherever we are and however we feel

Christ is born for us!

Whether we believe or doubt

Christ is born for us!

Whether we’re joyful or full of sorrow

Christ is born for us!


Today is Christmas Day!

The night has come

A new day dawning

Christ is born for us this day.

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website: or follow her work on Facebook:


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