A 1 Corinthians 13 Christmas

I came across this variation of the well-known 'Love' chapter: 1 Corinthians 13, that relates to this special time of the year. No, it's not Scripture, but it does contain Truth and maybe there is something there for all of us to learn from. I hope you enjoy!

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 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 I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the pine 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 husband/wife,

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 together with us.

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, endures all things.

Love never fails.

Gifts will break, toys will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

God bless you all as you enjoy every moment of this beautiful season.

Tim Connelly

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