December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

I received this version of one of my favorite passages from the bible several years back. I have kept it and read it often throughout the years. It is so full of truth and speaks volumes to me especially during this time of year. Hope you find it as sweet as I do.

I Corinthians 13
A Christmas Version
If I decorate my house perfectly with gold 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 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 forever.

Our family wishes yours a very merry Christmas. May the magical birth of our Savior be the center of all your celebrations. What a wonderful season of love, peace and joy!


Mandy said...

I like that version. Hope everyone has a great Christmas. Wish we could all be there together.

The Garners said...

I love this!

Merry Christmas! Love you all!

Kelly said...

Hope ya'll have had a very Merry Christmas Mary Katherine!

Anonymous said...

I love this. Thanks for putting it out there. This has been a wonderful Christmas and now I am enjoying a wonderful rest! :ove and Merry Christmas to you all!

:::b r a n d i::: said...

Nice to come across your blog online! Your family is so adorable. Hope you had a happy Christmas!