A Christmas Version of 1 Corinthians 13

Happy Christmas week, everyone!  Many of us will be having our family gatherings this weekend, and this poem is a wonderful reminder to all of us as we strive to make this week special for our families and homes.

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1 CORINTHIANS 13 ~ A CHRISTMAS VERSION ~
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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.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust,

but giving the gift of love will endure.

Isn’t that wonderful?

Much love to each of you~

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Comments

  1. Merry Christmas! May His light shine brightly upon you and your household.

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  3. Indeed Jennifer, I love that, and I sure say Keep Christ AS Christmas, have a very blessed day,

  4. Loved that! Mery Christmas to you Jennifer!

    Helen