I Corinthians 13 – The Christmas Version

December 24, 2005

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinklinglights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just anotherdecorator.

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

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that Ihave 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, attendall of the parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus onChrist, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china andtable linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful theyare there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoicesin giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures allthings.

Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust,but giving the gift of love will endure.

Author Unknown


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