Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Christmas Version of 1st Corinthians 13

A Christmas Version of 1st Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands 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 share the true meaning of Christmas, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not demonstrate kindness to strangers, it profits me nothing. If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir 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 husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas China and table linens. Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't. 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 love will endure. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

=) Challenge, Day Twenty-three: I dropped off some cranberry bliss bars to a very dear friend...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

chele said...
Loved this. Such powerful words for moms during these crazy weeks. Thanks for sharing and reminding us all what love really looks like during the Christmas season.

Growin' with it! said...

stopped by to wish you merry christmas stephanie. this has been a wonderful year getting to know you.
love ya,
linda

Joanne said...

Merry Christmas Stephanie...I loved this post. So timely for me right now as I am baking pound cakes and trying not to get frustrated with my chidren.

Love is patient, right?

Family O'Foxes said...

Merry Christmas!
~Amy