First Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
A caring community of God's People

Christmas Day

FIRST CORINTHIANS CHRISTMAS
 
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, arranging a beautifully adorned table, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
 
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol at the nursing home and give all thatI 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 myriad holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
 
Love stops cooking to hug the child.  Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband.  Love is kind, though sometimes 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, but is thankful they are there to be in  the way.  Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who are unable.
 
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.  Love never fails.  Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust; but the gift of love will endure.
 
Have you ever considered celebrating Christmas this way, with Love being the most important motive, reason and attitude? 
 
God bless you with all the love you can possibly feel, need and experience this Christmas and everyday of the upcoming year.
 
By the way.... when your've received such an abundance of love from our Father, be sure to share it with others!!
 
Merry Christmas