Friday, December 25, 2015

A Family Christmas Prayer From Our Family To Yours

Each year on Christmas, I break from the country music news and reviews and share a little piece of our personal family experience. Going back to the 1950's, the Morton family has gathered together and my grandfather, my father and I have been in charge of saying the Christmas prayer. My son took it over for me this past year. For those that might find it of interest, I've archived many of them going back to the 1970's on a site that I put together HERE. From our family to yours, may this little message be a reminder to treasure each moment with your loved ones and not take any moments for granted. Merry Christmas. 

Dear Lord,

Here we are in a new location to celebrate the same Christmas tradition that has been going strong for so many years. Although it may be new change from the past, this family’s love and values run deeper than ever. And this simple evolution highlights something that I think should be considered: the significance of our family’s new beginnings and old traditions.

This amazing family in which we are so very grateful for is together once again to celebrate the love we have for one another. We are so lucky to be this close, and this Christmas tradition truly reflects that. So although we may have moved, this change is only a testament to the family members that have paved the road ahead of us. We are extraordinarily thankful to be able to spend each and every Christmas season together as a family.

This year we have been blessed again with an ever expanding family. New faces have been added to the family tree this year and with it, we are reminded of the two whose legacy is the reason why we are all gathered here today. Their love for us formed the basic frame by which we all stand upon today. Their values are present in all of us, from the youngest to the oldest, and these values will continue to be passed down for generations to come.

What hasn’t changed is that this evening remains as a tribute to our Heavenly Father and a sacrifice so great, it’s hardly fathomable. Our Lord’s hands bless this family with care, direction, protection, the principles of what is right and wrong, how to love and care for one another, and much, much more. This family has followed His guidance for seven decades now, and this Christmas tradition is a celebration of our love and gratitude for Him.

Our lives are filled with new beginnings—tonight being one of them. Let tonight’s new beginning help you appreciate just how special this Christmas tradition really is. The love that this family has for one another is amazing, and for that, we are extremely thankful.


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