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

Author Unknown

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 19, Book 14

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

Author Unknown

It seems that all creation quivers in a constant state of waiting.  Chipmunks are good waiters. They store seeds and nuts under their nests in late summer, then rouse themselves from sleep during the winter to eat what they have wisely stored. Bears are expert waiters.  They store fat before winter, and then hibernate in a sleep so deep that they don’t wake until spring.  And then, get out of their way.  They are ravenous from their months of waiting.

And don’t even mention the word waiting to butterflies.  They are creation’s superstars of waiting.

We eagerly await the first snowfall and then longingly wait for Spring to come.

Christmas, 1st Corinthians 13 Style

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.

Author Unknown 


jack69 said...

For sure of one thing, we DO NOT want to miss the reason for this Christmas season.
I think the fishing cranes and egrets are the most patient creature alive. But then the cat, falls in there close.

Love from Orlando or Kissimmee, not sure.


I have never given much thought to all the waiting that takes place in nature. Therefore I appreciate this blog post and the quote, "It seems that all creation quivers in a constant state of waiting."

betty said...

I liked that Christmas 1st Corinthian 13 style! I had not seen that before; very nicely written by someone!

I'm glad the butterfly takes its time waiting; it emerges so beautiful from its cocoon!


Hollie said...

LOVE is the most amazing thing. It does conquer all!!