Thursday, December 20, 2007

Corinthians 13

Hey ya'll. As all of us are so busy right now with the "Big Day" just around the corner, this email that a friend sent me has really made me slow down and remember what the "Christ" in "Christmas" really means......LOVE. I've already used this in a previous post to the GTPF blog, but it made such an impact on me that I had to post it again.

Love and hugs to all ya'll :)



CORINTHIANS 13
CHRISTMAS VERSION
(paraphrased)

If I decorate my house perfectly 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'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.

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

Merry CHRISTmas ya'll, from our home to yours!



4 comments:

Michelle bryant said...

Mom I cried when I read this. You always told us the gift don't matter. If you love your family and your family loves you and thats all that matters. I love you your my mother and my best friend.I hope you have a loving Christmas as you given me every year love you always.!!! Michelle

JulesJ said...

I too was very touched by this blog,
Thanks Vic as always for sharing with others.
And great job, if this is your first group of Blogs, I can only imagine how magnificent they'll get when you are more experienced.
You do a great job at all your sites!
Again thanks for sharing.
God Bless you and all reading this!
JulesJ

Mike & Linda said...

Vic: This was such a beautiful reflection for all of us moms at Christmas... and everyday.

Your blog is BEAUTIFUL, just like you!

Hugs... *Linda*Pinda*

cora said...

Vic, I just love coming here to your blog! it's like a place to rest for a bit! Thank for sharing your home, your family, and your life! it's just beautiful! Cora