Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas-Corinthians Style

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

-author unknown

(So I totally stole this from ItisbyGrace's blog with her permission, but these words just struck me so profoundly that I barely had words to contain myself and I HAD to post them here. How completely rich are the sentiments of this unknown author?)
Not much more I can add to them now, is there? Hope you enjoyed.


Michelle's Day said...

THANK YOU! just what i needed to hear!

Kathryn/Katie/Kindy/Hey You Girl said...

I started a new blog if you're interested. I still read yours all the time. Just needed a break from other things....ya know.

Anonymous said...

Leaves me teary eyed. Whoever wrote that obviously knows how time can go by and loved ones can be lost so easily.

I love my kids. I will love them harder this Christmas though.

Love the new banner too! Very nice.