Saturday, 24 December 2011

Nativity


‘For to us a child is born…and he will be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’
Isaiah 9: 6


Wishing you, and all those whom you love, a joy-filled and peaceful Christmas - wherever you are and whatever you will be doing.  The Nativity tableau that ended my church's 'Walking Nativity' earlier this month seems a suitable picture to remind of the story at the heart of Christmas.

One of my friends had this on his Facebook page. (I'm sure he won't mind me pinching it.)  I thought it a timely reminder:

1 Corinthians 13, the Christmas Version: 

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, friends and neighbours, 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, friends and neighbours, I’m just another cook. 
If I work at the soup kitchen, sing carols in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, friends and neighbours, 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, 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 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 forever.  Christmas is love.


7 comments:

  1. "God bless us, everyone", said Tiny Tim last of all . . . . .

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  2. I wish you a warm and enchanted Christmas, dear Jenny! and I know it will be a marvellous one, because of your little angel arrived a few weeks ago!

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  3. Very eloquently put, Jenny. Thanks for sharing - not just the reminder of the reason for the season, but also your wonderfully informative and picturesque posts. Wishing you and yours a heartfelt Christmas.

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  4. I think you get it, Jenny. Have a lovely Christmas. By the way, I loved the glasses on Mary and Joseph! Jim

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  5. I love this Christmas version of the love chapter. Absolutely beautiful and thought provoking. Love is the beginning, the way, and the reason!

    Blessings to you and yours.

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  6. Love the nativity and your re-translation.

    Merry Christmas.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  7. A true gem you've come upon for this time of year. ~Lili

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