Tuesday, June 28, 2005

~* The Gift of Love *~

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

~ Author Unknown ~

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