Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Christmas Post and the Christmas Love

Last night, we went to a nearby church to see "The Christmas Post," a musical comedy based on illustrations of Norman Rockwell, written by Deborah Craig-Claar and Robert Sterling.  We enjoyed it.  We had lots of laughs :) .  A friend and her boys were in the play and they did a great job.  After the play, I picked up a free handout near the door that is thought-provoking.  It is a Christmas version of the Love chapter:-
             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 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 your loved one.
          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, and endures all things.
          Love never fails.

After all, the CHRISTmas story is a love story: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)  Because of God’s love for us…sinners, Jesus came… Jesus died…Jesus rose…and Jesus will return. A love story that never ends! The greatest redeeming love that the world would ever know!  Let us all share His love with everyone this CHRISTmas and throughout the years.

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