Tuesday, December 16, 2008

come and get me, Christmas spirit!!

I didn't feel it until today. Just this morning in fact, in the sleepy haze at 0530, as my husband said good bye as he leaves for his long commute to the office.

And then it hit me: Christmas is less than 10 days away!!

My house is not fully decorated.
I have not planned which cookies Santa will get this year.
I have baked ANYTHING for friends...

So I leapt out of bed and have been frightfully cheery all morning, as I plan for Christmas.
I am into it now.....

And then I saw this:


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.

Author: Sharon Jaynes
Taken from Celebrating a Christ Centered Christmas

I pray that God will use me for His glory during this Holiday Season.....


FXSmom said...

all things come in their due time :)

ohhollyf said...

Love it, and want to snag it :)

Kristiem10 said...

So true. I am glad you caught the Christmas spirit.