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Our Christmas gift to you. December 25, 2009

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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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



1. Dr. Huma Ibrahim - December 26, 2009


Thanks, Huma! I sometimes think I should write it down and carry it as a reminder…

2. Curmudgeon - December 26, 2009

¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Merry Christmas!

And the same to you, Wing Nut, and Diva Dog!

3. Gail - December 26, 2009

Thank you~~I hope your holiday was wonderful~~gail

Yours too, Gail! Hope all went well with the “big meeting”!

4. Joy - December 26, 2009

That was wonderful : ) Thank you !
P.S. My name pops up a lot during these holidays ? LOL
Joy … wink wink

It’s definitely a “Joy”ful time of year! Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and the girls got lots of prezzies!

5. Daphne - December 26, 2009

I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

Thanks, Daphne! Do you all celebrate both sets of holidays? If so, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well!

6. Jen - December 26, 2009

What a beautful prayer! I’ll take it. And wish the same for all of you.
Thanks for this and all the other great gifts your blog has given me this past year. Happy Holidays to all at Hawks Haven!

Thank you, Jen, and the same to you!!! We feel the same way about Nyack Backyard!!!

7. Victoria - December 29, 2009

What a great gift! I love that positive thinking. It’s what has gotten me where I am today; at least a lot of it!

Us too, Victoria! Hope your Christmas was just grand!!!

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