The Gift That Will Endure

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 a 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 spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love does not envy another’s home
that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love does not yell at the kids to get out of the way,
but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love does not give only to those who are able to give in return; but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.
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.

Sharon Jaynes
Celebrating a Christ Centered Christmas
Wishing you all Love at Christmas,
The Writing Sisters, Laurie and Betsy

10 Comments on The Gift That Will Endure

  1. Caddo Veil
    December 21, 2012 at 5:41 am (8 years ago)

    This is so perfect–thanks, Sisters! And a blessed Christmas and New Year’s to you both! love, sis Caddo

  2. gardengrapevine
    December 21, 2012 at 8:59 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you for a timely reminder of what Christmas is really about. Bless you. May it be happy and joyous for you.

  3. Jarm Del Boccio
    December 21, 2012 at 9:39 am (8 years ago)

    This is such a good reminder of the real reason for the season. Thanks for the post, ladies, and a very merry and blessed Christmas to you and yours!

  4. bwebbjr
    December 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much for this reminder as we draw close to Christmas.

    May you and yours have a very joy-filled and blessed Christmas!


  5. Darlene
    December 23, 2012 at 1:21 am (8 years ago)

    Perfect! Thank you for these meaningful posts. Wishing both of you a Peaceful Christmas full of joy and love.


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