Happy New Year’s Eve!  As I have been making lasagna for our New Year’s Eve gathering this evening, I have been listening to Christmas music for probably the last time in 2005.  We listen to Christmas music from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year each year.  Music is definitely one of the ways that God speaks to me and each year during this season I hear His voice in many wonderful Christmas songs.  One of my favorites I just discovered last year on a CD I found at Starbucks by Bebe Winans.  I loved it so much that we included the words in our 2004 Christmas letter.  I was listening to the song a little while ago and I think the words are a fitting prayer to end 2005 and welcome 2006.  I hope you enjoy them as well…they are my prayer for all of us!

My Christmas Prayer
I pray for peace
Blessings and honor
Heaven right earth’s despair
This is my Christmas prayer

For those that grieve
God will bring comfort
Laughter will rapture there
This is my Christams prayer

See I pray that Love will rule and reign
And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world
As we learn to trust and care
This is my Christmas prayer

I pray for you (Yes I know you do)
That you triumph and conquer
Posess the strength you need to bear
This is my Christmas prayer

For those in need
There would be plenty
And each other’s burdens share
Oh, this is my Christmas prayer

See I pray that Love will rule and reign
And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world
As we learn to trust and care
This is my Christmas prayer.

So let hope fill our hearts (Let’s let hope fill our hearts)
Shine the Light through the dark
All around the world
And everywhere
I will pray
This Christmas prayer

See I pray that Love will rule and reign
And I pray that time will rid the pain of this world
As we learn to trust and care
This is my Christmas prayer

God bless you!  See you next year!