If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows,
strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not GIVE LOVE AWAY,
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,
but do not GIVE LOVE AWAY 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 GIVE LOVE AWAY, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes,
attend a myriad holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata
but do not focus on GOD who GAVE LOVE AWAY
in the form of a baby names JESUS, I have missed the point.
LOVE stops the cooking to hug the child.
LOVE sets aside the decorating to comfort a friend.
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 or grandkids 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 to GIVE LOVE AWAY to those who can't.
LOVE bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
LOVE never fails.
Toys will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, and golf clubs will rust.
But GIVING LOVE AWAY the gift of Christ’s LOVE will endure.