As many of us prepare to celebrate Christmas in a few days, I’d like to share something that one of my co-workers gave to me yesterday. It has really made me realize that keeping Christmas in perspective is so important. It was written by Sharon Jaynes and reprinted in a The Red Door – a newsletter put together by the First Presbyterian Church in Big Flats, NY and it’s based on the First Corinthians 13:
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family and friends, 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 take the time to show love to my family and friends, 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 take the time to show love to my family and friends, 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 take the time to focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse and laugh with a friend. 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 the Gift of Love will endure forever.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone 🙂