Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

I love Christmas!! It's my favorite time of the year especially when I stay focused on the real reason for this special day. I absolutely love the songs of Christmas and sing some songs all year long (I know I'm kind of goofy like that)!

I love the sights of Christmas, the smells of Christmas, and the spirit of Christmas. I love the joy of giving at Christmas. And I absolutely love seeing the wonder of Christmas in the eyes of children.

I read this on the girl friends in God website and thought it was a wonderful devotional to help us remember the true spirit of Christmas.

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.

So to everyone, I wish a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2009!