It's my honor to write my first post of Mark Koopman's Fifty States of Pray. It's a great idea to share memories, prayers, or whatever you choose to promote goodwill around the world. check out MarkKoopmans.blogspot.com.
Christmas is a time for charity and to give thanks for the blessings you enjoy all year. I think it's important to appreciate everything you are given in life, however insignificant it may seem. When my sisters and I were small,we learned a special prayer to help us be grateful. Here it is:
"Teach me Father when I pray, not to ask for more
But rather let me give my thanks for what is at my door,
For food and drink, for gentle rains, for sunny skies above,
For home and friends for peace and joy,
But most of all for love."
If you take time to reflect on the message conveyed by this prayer, you'll be a more cheerful person and your joy will be contagious. That will help make your part of the world a contented place. May the peace and joy of Christmas remain with you all through the New Year.