O Lord our God,
Praise be to You, our Father from everlasting to everlasting,
Creator of the heavens and the earth.

Thank you, O Lord, for a different Christmas,
a Christmas that sets us free from the usual trappings and traditions,
free to focus better on the little baby,
tightly wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a hay-filled manger,
Jesus, born to save His people from their sins.

Thank you, O Lord, that He came into the world
that we might have life in all its fullness.

Thank you, O Lord, that Love came down at Christmas
and can comfort us in our sorrows and bereavements.

Thank you, O Lord, that the Light of the World has come,
illuminating our path as we move into an uncertain future.

In the Name of Jesus our Saviour we pray.


Dr Patrick Sookhdeo is the International Director of Barnabas Fund and the Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life.