It's getting busy! Are you feeling it.....our old friend stress? I am too and now I have a cold and laryngitis! This is my third day without a voice.....and a cough is setting in. *good grief* I decided to pull this entry from last year, I know I find it encouraging, nudging....I hope you do too!
This was an email from my friend, Sue. She sent it to me in last December. When I posted this last year, we went to church with Sue and loved her humor and sincere comments. She died a few months ago of cancer. It's a reminder that you never know what a day...or a year...will hold. Time is precious and so are our family and friends.
It is a dear reminder of how we can get sidetracked, sometimes by good things, and neglect the ones closest to us! I wish the author was listed, but on these email forwards, it usually is not. 1 Corinthians 13, the 'love chapter' of the Bible, has long been a chapter of the Word that I try to study up on…..it is so basic…so fundamental in how we treat each other…….read on this for a few minutes and then meditate on the real thing.
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.
Love sets aside the 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.
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!