The Midnight Ride of Santa Claus

The Prayer of Santa Claus
(c) 2002 by Lance Micklus
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This scene takes place on Christmas Eve just before Santa leaves on his sled. The location is a small private chapel near Santa's residence. Santa comes to the front of the chapel and kneels, then he begins to pray. This is the prayer from that scene:

Father God, tonight is Christmas Eve. Children all over the world are on their best behavior - hoping, praying, believing that if they're extra good, I'll visit them in the middle of the night while they're sleeping to leave a special gift. I love little children. They have such faith. They believe in the impossible - and they expect to receive it. For their sake, Father God, I pray that you will honor their faith and anoint me, for this one night, to make their dreams come true.

I pray also for the adults - all of the mommies and daddies, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles. May the gifts they receive on this night remind them that there is always someone who cares about them, and that no one is beyond the reach of love.

I pray for the world that 2,000 years ago once knew a special night of peace, when baby Jesus was born. Angels sang in the night sky and the sheep were not afraid of the wolf. I pray that on this night the world may know that peace again, and when day comes, they will never forget that Christmas is the day we have set aside to celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus.

Finally, Father God, I pray for myself: I thank you for one more year of my life. I thank you for my health, and my wonderful wife, Jessica. Grant me a safe journey. May I find every home and forget no one. Help me to complete my task swiftly - there is much to be done. May the spirit of love fill the night sky and may joy come in the morning. Amen.

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