Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Today's verse from Philippians urges us to have the same attitude as Jesus who, out of his great love for us, took on flesh and became one of us--even when that meant death, death on a cross.

It is such love that we celebrate--and seek to share, at Christmas. With that in mind, I offer the following poem for your consideration.

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny ornaments, 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 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 tried.

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.

As for video games, they will break. Pearl necklaces will be lost, and golf clubs will rust and fade away. But giving the gift of love in Christ --now that, friends, is a gift that will endure for alltime.

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