Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1 Corinthians:13 --- Christmas version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love, 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 mealtime, but do not show love, 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, 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 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.

This is something I enjoyed and hope you do too.

Thank you priest's wife (Byzantine, of course) written by Sharon Jaymes by way of St. Paul.


Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Anonymous said...

Excellent my dear... Used on Facebook. Hope you and yours have the best Christmas ever... From our family to yours, James and Dea Evans

Mary said...

Love it.

Merry Christmas, dear friend in Christ.

I love you.


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and your good family.

VOCAL said...

Thanks James for using this. It's been a long time in responding, but I'm getting slowly from three major surgeries. One didn't seem enough.

VOCAL said...

Thank you for the Christmas wishes. Hope yours was a most blessed one.

VOCAL said...

Thanks Mary, Life got in the way of thanking you. Love back to you and yours.