Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

A Christmas tale of 1 Corinthians 13

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Perhaps more than any other time of year Christmas often turns into a series of family feuds and fights. It’s supposed to be a time of ‘peace and goodwill to all men’, but unfortunately it’s often the opposite, especially in our own families.

Maybe we should all take notice of an anonymous Christmas version of 1 Corinthians 13 that I came across recently. It certainly got me thinking – I hope it rings a few (Christmas) bells for you as well.

“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, sing carols 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 fairy lights, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the church choir, 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, even though you are 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, 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.”

Thought provoking isn’t it?

This year can we have a loving Christmas as we focus on the Lord Jesus Christ?

The promise of Christmas is that we may love like that because we are loved like that.

The true meaning of Christmas is that true love came in Jesus Christ who shows us what love is.

Let’s all pray this prayer by R.L. Stevenson:

Loving Father,
Help us to remember the birth of Jesus
that we may share in the song of angels,
the gladness of the shepherds
and the worship of the wise men.
Close the door to hate
and open the door of love
all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil
by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning
make us happy to be your children,
and the Christmas evening
bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiven and forgiving,
for Jesus’ sake. AMEN

Have a good week loving one another,

Pastor Barry

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