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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Love

At my silent retreat, we got lots of notes and handouts and whatnot, and the following was a printout that the Spiritual Director just put in there for us to read.  She didn't talk about it or anything, and I think it may have even been an email forward that she received.  But this one little email forward changed my life, for real though!  It's not just for Christmas but for everyday life.

Read it and be inspired!

CHRISTMAS LOVE - paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13 
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 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. [This is the line that got me.  How many times have I totally chosen dinner prep over the feelings of my sweet children?] 
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse. 
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. 
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.
P.S.  Wanna know a secret (that I forget sometimes) - kids are more secure and less whiny when you give them the love they need and don't ignore them.


  1. I needed this today. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yep, I love this, too. A great reminder

  3. Oh, my I needed to read this! It was the cooking like that got me the most :( sad to say, but I do that alot....thanks for sharing Annie

  4. wait a minute...we are supposed to be hugging your children?

    (thanks for sharing...ditto "great reminder")

  5. crap..."your" should have been "our"....sort of changed the meaning and just made it weird instead of it's original intent of slightly funny but when you erase a comment on here it shows that you erased a comment and that is even more awkward then a follow up post explaining what you would have edited if you had the ability to do it. What was I talking about...?


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