It is one of most popular readings from the bible and is often quoted in both secular and non-secular worlds. It talks about being patient, kind, and honest and not being envious, proud, or rude. It was read during my wedding and I had to memorize it to be initiated in my college sorority. It is, 1 Corinthians 13 and one of my favorite scriptures. I recently read the idea that single men and women should replace the word “love” with the name of who they are thinking about dating or marrying. Love it! I’m guessing many of you do too and probably know it almost by heart, but did you know there is a Christmas version? It’s not found in the bible, but it’s well worth a read. Enjoy!
1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Version
If I decorate my house perfectly with strands of twinkly lights and shiny balls
but do not show love to my family, I am just a decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen baking dozens of Christmas cookies and arranging them on a beautifully
adorned table but do not share the true meaning of Christmas, I am just another cook.
If I volunteer at a soup kitchen, carol in a nursing home, or donate to charity
but do not demonstrate simple kindness to strangers, it profits me nothing.
If I attend holiday parties but do not go to church, I have missed the point
and am celebrating the wrong thing.
Love stops cooking to hug a child.
Love sets aside decorating to kiss a spouse.
Love is kind during the holidays though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china,
perfectly strung outdoor lights, or a flawless tree.
Love doesn’t ask family to get out of the way but is thankful they are in the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return or those on our lists,
but rejoices in giving to those who can’t and those who aren’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails, even at Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!