Christmas version of I Corinthians 13

I posted this three years ago, but I need the reminder every year:

1 CORINTHIANS 13 – – A CHRISTMAS VERSION –

By an unknown author

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.

8 thoughts on “Christmas version of I Corinthians 13

  1. I LOVE this! That was our wedding verse — as it is for so many people. (NOT the Christmas version silly) But I sure wish my Luz was here for me to not tell her to get out of my way! Krysti just came home a little while ago though… so I’m going to go play with her awhile! And I WON’T tell her to get outta my way! I will LOVE her and LOVE her!

  2. This is a wonderful reminder not just for Christmas, but for everyday! Love puts people before things, ever and always.

    And a little birdy – -okay, a big loud birdy — has told the blogosphere that it is your wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. You have my heart-felt prayer that the two of you enjoyed many more bedded years together.

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