Sunday, December 21, 2008

First Corinthians 13 (The Christmas Version paraphrased)

If I decorated my house pefectly 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 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' 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.

(author unknown)


  1. Hi Debbie,
    I love this post and thank you for coming by and entering for the giveaway.
    We have something in common and that is loving diet Pepsi...
    I had to make a copy of your cookie recipe's.
    Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas,

  2. What a wonderful post. It's always good to be reminded of these things during times that can be particularly stressful.
    Love Tiff

  3. Great post!!!

    Wishin' you and your family a blessed Christmas!! :> )

  4. Anonymous10:55 PM

    What a wonderful post for me to read tonight....
    Had two crazy Christmas parties and am ready to run away and hide. Thanks for the reminder to stop and kiss the ones I love! :-)


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