Thursday, December 10, 2009

A CHRISTmas Reminder: Love

A Christmas Adaptation of 1 Corinthians 13

by Sharon Jaynes

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass 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 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. 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.

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

*Thanks to Teri Rodgers for passing this along!*


Still Learning said...

This is so amazing. My church's ladies Christmas party used this for a devotional and we all just loved it. I searched so hard for this yesterday and could not find it anywhere & today I found your blog by googleing Proverbs 31 and here you post the exact thing I was looking for yesteray. I LOVE it!!! How awesome is that?

Thank you so much for posting this and it is a pleasure to meet you.


Michelle Myers said...

Nice to meet you too, Jennifer! It's amazing how God works!! :)