CHRISTmas is love! That is it! That is what is most
important about the season. It would not be CHRISTmas without God’s love
without CHRIST doesn’t even look exciting.
Pastor Ron Chesser’s message last year was in part from
Sharon James’ Christmas version from I Corinthian, chapter 13:
“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 am 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
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 tree with shimmering angels and crocheted
snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the 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
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,
jewelry will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love
An old Christmas card has these words of wisdom: “People
will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will
never forget how you made them feel.”