Our heavenly Father,
as once again we prepare for Christmas
help us to find time in our busy lives
for quiet and thought and prayer;
that we may reflect upon the wonder of your love
and allow the story of the Saviour’s birth
to penetrate our hearts and minds.
So may our joy be deeper,
our worship more real,
and our lives worthier
of all that you have done for us
through the coming of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Frank Colquhoun, 1909-1997, evangelical priest and author, Church of England
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.