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 table at 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, 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.

–by Sharon Jaynes

5 Responses to 1 Corinthians 13: A Christmas Version

  1. Deborah J Martin says:

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  2. Thabo Moalusi says:

    Thanks for the powerful message. Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Best of the best for 2018.

  3. Timothy says:

    A most beautiful message on helping us keep in focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is about God’s love for mankind. Want to thank everyone at Allworship for a great year of a wonderful ministry. Blessed Christmas and a happy new year.

  4. Marie says:

    love the the message. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas Everyone at All Worship .

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