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Love at Christmas

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24th December 2006. This was sent to me today, author is not known. May it speak to you too -Tony.

“1st Corinthians for Christmas”

Here is a Christmas version of 1 Corinthians 13 that I thought you might enjoy.

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.