Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Thought for the Christmas Season

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 love, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband.

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, 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. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Merry Christmas! -- Author Unknown

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Alesha Walls said...

Marla - that is beautiful!

Wife2TJ said...

Just wanted to say thank you for the kind words you left on my blog. Your family is beautiful! My dh is one of 11 he is a twin out of the only set of twins in the family. You have been blessed to have such a wonderful family. Thanks again for the wonderful comment you left on my blog. I sure hope I get my creative mojo back sometime soon. But for now I can work on me and my marriage to my wonderful dh and our furkids.