Lord, keep us from the time of trial
But should the time of trial come, keep us strong in it.
Lord, give us Christmas cheer
But if the age should prove cheerless, give us Christmas nonetheless.
Lord, grant us Christmas peace
But if war should ride over us, let us have peace within us.
Lord, let the holi-day be a real thing, above us.
Let it not be tethered by what we do.
And if we are silent, Lord,
Let the stones sing.