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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Holidaze

Do you feel like you are drowning in wrapping paper, eggnog, Christmas musicals and cookie dough? It is easy to feel like it’s a "Merry Christmess" instead of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Here’s a little poem I read this week that I wanted to share with you.

1 Corinthians 13- Christmas Style
By Sharon Jaynes

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass 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 home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of 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.

I pray that you will allow these truths to remind you of what's most important as we go through this last week up to Christmas.

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will post another truth I was reminded of today as I listened to one of my favorite Holiday CD's.

Have a great day!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wish everyone could read your blog today, especially mothers with young children. I read an article Stephen Curtis Chapman's wife wrote after Maria, one of their adopted daughters was killed this year. Even as, I'm sure, she was a great mother,she still has regrets that haunt her. God's greatest gift to us is our family. Let's treasure them!