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Christmas and 1 Corinthians 13

The greatest Christmas Gift ever!
The greatest Christmas Gift ever!
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As we all know 1 Corinthians 13 is the chapter in the Bible all about love, unconditional love. A friend of mine gave me this Christmas reflection yesterday and I thought it would be great to share this with you with only a few days left before we embrace all the celebrations that Christmas Day will hold for us. The author is unknown.

                                          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.
                           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, sing carols in the nursing home
                                                And then 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,
                                                        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 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,
                                                                 Love never fails.
                                                          Video games will break,
                                                      Pearl necklaces will be lost,
                                                             Golf clubs will rust,
                                               But giving the gift of love will endure.

Sometimes we all get lost in the hustle and bustle of life and Christmas, I pray that this year we may all take a little time to reflect on the greatest gift we were ever given. The gift of the Son, Jesus Christ which is so priceless and we sometimes regard it as spare change. Here is to a Christmas filled with Christ and His unconditional agape love for us! Merry Christmas!