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My source for this most excellent paraphrase/rendition did not know the author.  I don’t either, so please, if anyone reading this does know, let me know, so I can give proper credit where much credit is due!  THANKS TO MANDS, I HAVE DISCOVERED THE AUTHOR OF THIS LOVELY I CORINTHIANS 13 VERSION FOR CHRISTMAS – SHARON JAYNES.   MY SINCERE HEARTFELT THANKS TO SHARON FOR WRITING THIS MEANINGFUL SELCTION.  iT IS FROM HER BOOK ENTUTLED, “Celebrating a Christ Centered Christmas.”   You can order this book and others by her, as well as read about her at her website:  www.sharonjaynes.com

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 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 spouse.

Love is kind, though harried and tried.

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. . .

. . .and it will be enough. . .