25 Days of Giveaways Today’s discussion centers around a relevant Christmas version of I Corinthians 13 which is often referred to as the “Love Chapter” in the Bible.  After reading this thought-provoking piece, will you create your own line that you would add to this to personalize it? 

I Corinthians 13: Christmas Style
by Sharon Jaynes
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny bells, 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 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.


For me, I’d add:

If I write the Christmas letter, print it out, stuff, address, and stamp the envelopes, but bark orders at my family in doing so, I’m just a clanging gong.   

What about you?  What would you add to personalize this for you?

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