Saturday, December 23, 2006

First Corinthians 13 - Christmas Version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strand of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime: but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at a soup kitchen, Carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity; but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Live is kind, though harried and tired.
Love does not envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love does not yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love does not give only to those who are able to give in return; but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.
Love bears all things; believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails!

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust; but giving the gift of God's love to others will endure.

Author Unknown


Shane Coffman said...

Brenda, this is beautiful. I love it.

And, until I got to the end, I figured you had written it yourself...

Brenda said...

I only wish I was that talented!! This brought tears to my eyes and several thoughts that I need to work on myself. So it came across my path and I had to share it with others. Have a blessed holiday my friend!

Jeanne said...

Wow! I love this!! What a great reminder about what life is really about not only this time of year but every day of the year. Thanks for sharing this! It's one of those things that is too good to keep to yourself, just like His love!

Velcro said...

Great Post... take care.