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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Love All Year

Christmas 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 a child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though hurried 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, and endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of CHRISTMAS LOVE will endure.

May you have a wonderful joy-filled season of love.

15 comments:

Pat said...

Valerie ......you wrote so beautifully and it was so touching. Very true words you wrote there. Your grandchildren are adorable, too. Thank you for a wonderful post today.

Alice Grace said...

That is so beautiful, and SO TRUE! Honoring Christ and family at this beautiful time of year is so pleasing to God! And what a beautiful family you have! You are blessed, my child!
Love
MOM

Marydon Ford said...

Beautiful PERFECT write, Valerie. Christ & family first ... what cuties the wee ones.

TTFN ~ Marydon

webbsway said...

Valerie,
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Every time I bump into you I always feel so much love. It is a wondrous thing .
Your family is so beautiful and they have certainly been blessed to have you in their lives.

G'G'ma said...

Beautiful sentiments Valerie...so true. I've enjoyed all your Christmas and wedding photos. For some reason blogger hasn't allowed me to post a comment for the last week or two. Yes, I did pray for nice weather!! Thought about you all day and hoped you didn't have to slush through snow in your wedding finery!

Ana-Maria said...

Ola! Merry Christmas! to you and your family! adorable beautiful picture!

martha - caknitter said...

Wow, Valerie, there is so much truth in the words you wrote.
Thank you for sharing them.
The grandkids look so happy...and is that a small refrigerator? Is your oldest granddaughter getting ready for college already?
I hope you had a great Christmas with your family.

Maria said...

Beautiful post and pictures, hope you and yours had a wonderful festive season.

AmyW said...

Beautiful post and a good reminder. Love the pictures. You have a beautiful family.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

What a beautiful post Val...thanks for sharing with all of us something we should all practice in our lives EVERYDAY!

Karen

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful post Val. I know that you practice family love on a daily basis.

andsewon said...

Yes Ma'am! You got that right!
Beautiful words.
Love my family and DH super mucho!
Cute bunch you got there!!
Wishing you and your sweet crew a wonderful happy healthy New Year!!!
hugs,
Lola

Heidi said...

AMEN!

Scottie and Patty said...

Very well said. What a creative and heartfelt way to express the Word of God.

Brenda said...

This is so true! Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family! Love, Brenda