Our Christmas gift to you. December 25, 2009Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: Fra Giovanni, Fra Giovanni's Christmas Prayer, Take Joy, Tasha Tudor
Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders have decided to make a Christmas tradition of offering the most wonderful Christmas gift we know to our readers, as we did last year, the first year of PRA’s existence. This gift is a letter, a wish, a Christmas card, a prayer.
It was originally written in 1513 by a monk, Fra Giovanni, to his patron. We have seldom seen so much profound truth compressed into so few lines. Please join us in reading Fra Giovanni’s Christmas Prayer. You may decide to make it a tradition in your household as well, a tradition that originated not with us, but with the beloved children’s book author and illustrator, Tasha Tudor. Her reverence for this prayer may have been one of the sparks that fired her delightful and extraordinary life. What will it do in your life? Read it, read it aloud, and see…
Fra Giovanni’s Christmas Prayer
I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present instant. Take peace.
The Gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take Joy!
And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
Our hope for each one of you is that, on this glorious Christmas day and every day, “the day breaks and the shadows flee away.” Take Joy!
Our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders