It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 19, Book 17

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 19th

Christmas Version 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 kitch baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adored 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 a 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 tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choirs cantata, but do not focus on love, 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 even when harried and tired!

Love doesn’t envy another's house that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful that they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give to only 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.

Whether it’s an afternoon spent exploring a park or an evening spent knitting and chatting sometimes the gifts of times spent together is what really matters.  The possibilities seem endless.  My search for gifts has turned up some creative ideas and today's gift suggetion is another that doesn't come with a price tag.

If there someone on your list this year who is going through a hard time, maybe a When Skies Are Gray Kit could help. All you need to include in this kit is a bundle of letters or images that you put together into different envelopes. Things to help get them through a rotten day... maybe a funny story or an I love you because letter, or a 10 Reasons Why You Are Awesome note. Other things you can include in the envelopes are quotes or thoughts that help you through tough times as well as some photos of good times together. Put something different in each envelope.

Try to gather together a small bundle of 10 to 15 envelopes and then tie them up with a bow. It’s surprising how something as simple as an, I’m lucky to have you in my life because... can help you through a tough day.

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

W.T. Ellis.


peggy said...

Thanks so much for the Corinthians post. I had been looking for something special to send to a friend, and this is perfect.

betty said...

I liked that writing based on 1 Corinthians 13. Lots to think about in it especially as we near the holiday with people having so many things to do. Another great gift idea with the letters, etc., of encouragement for someone dealing with a hard thing.


Mevely317 said...

I love this Corinthians post. Yes, I've been guilty of committing some of these in the past. Amazing what wisdom (and regret) comes with hindsight.

Chatty Crone said...

I love that section of 1 Corinthians - and the candles that came up in the photo was very elegant looking. sandie

jack69 said...

I enjoyed the visit, especially this line hit me!
Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.

yes, when we get so wrapped up in the 'show' of Christmas instead the reason it is sad.


love is a great equalizer. "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."