I’m grateful to the Writing Sisters for posting this on their blog. It’s just too good not to share! So, hat tip to them…and kudos to Sharon Jaynes for such a creative rendering…

 1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style

©By Sharon Jaynes

 If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass 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 home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your 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, and 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.

— From www.sharonjaynes.com

Post Author: Pasturescott

4 Replies to “Christmas Love”

    1. I’m thinking you could write stuff like this Marie.

      We love and bless you, too, this Christmas (and beyond). Glad for health miracles in your lives. We hold to His unfailing strength.

  1. You are very kind to say the things you do. I promise, if the Lord pours the words in, I will let them out somewhere!
    We are learning to count on that “unfailing strength” as you and Sandy have all these years. The more you give up – the more strength you have. Go figure!

    1. Yes, indeed. Tozer calls the christian life a series of puzzling paradoxes: the way up is down, the way to strength is weakness, we become more when we become less, etc. You and J have much to share with us!

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