Tuesday, December 18, 2007

1 Corinthians 13...With a Twist

Most people know that 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the 'Love Chapter'. It is often quoted at weddings and various occasions where 'love' is the theme, but not ususally at Christmas. Why? Isn't Christmas all about love?

"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son".

Christmas started with Love when God sent His Son into this world and it was Love that kept Jesus focused on His journey to the cross. Love for the Father and love for us.

I ran across this beautifully written 'Christmas' version of 1 Corinthians 13 and wanted to share it with you:

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 a 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 tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on my love for 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.

Author Unknown


Susan said...

I love this one.

Tanya said...

Heather, I never realized this. I am glad that you shared this.