The last week before Christmas is upon those of us await the celebration of our Saviour’s birth. So much to do; so little time to do it. I read something last week that really made me stop and think….made me want to put it all into perspective. I thought you might enjoy it too.
Inspired by Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Dr. Charles Webster wrote:
If I decorate my house perfectly with bows and strands of light, but do not show love, I am just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table, but do not show love, I am just another cook.
If I volunteer at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing homes and give away a lot to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with golden angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend holiday parties and sing in the church choir concert, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss one’s partner. Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love does not envy another’s home with coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love does not yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love does not give to only those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.
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 the gift of love will endure.
I think Dr. Webster has been peeking in my windows :) Give yourself a break…take time to enjoy the miracle!~~Susan