1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
“I’m glad he took our presents. You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn’t about the . . . the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That’s what Cindy’s been trying to tell everyone . . . and me. I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family.” — Lou Lou Who
The spirit of Christmas is magical. It is the beautiful twinkling white lights decorating the city, a lovely tree with detailed handmade ornaments and eagerly reading cards from far away friends. Every year during the holidays I am in awe of the generosity of others. The lady who takes a bag of groceries to the food pantry when she has little food herself. The man who donates his time to decorate a neighbor’s house because he is able and has a ladder. The teenager who organizes a coat drive to make sure others stay warm, and those who donate anonymously. The willingness of people to share their gifts is incredibly beautiful. The spirit of Christmas is in us and everywhere all at the same time and it is ours to share year round. Taking time to visit with a friend, donating blankets to a local mission, or inviting someone to share a meal can be done anytime. There are no limits to the Christmas spirit. Enjoy it all year — and share abundantly!
Dear Lord, I appreciate this amazing day. I am continually humbled by the great gifts shared with me. Help me to see what others see and believe in the spirit of Christmas. Be with me as I go out in the world to share these gifts with others and appreciate all that I have and all that I will be. Amen.