If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.– 1 Corinthians 13:2-8,13
Many people will tell you that they have experienced love at some point in their lives, whether it be the love from their parents, love for their children, or even their spouse or close friends. I admit that I was once one of those people. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the love of family and friends, in fact it is a wonderful blessing to have them, but I have come to know an even greater love in my life.
When I got married, the love I felt for my husband was incredible and I never thought I would or could feel that love for anyone or anything else in the world. Then I had my daughter, and even though my love for my husband was just as strong as the day I married him, I was amazed at the love I felt for my new baby girl. I was so overwhelmed by this love that I spent the first hours of her little life crying out of pure joy. When she becomes ill, there is nothing I would not do to make her well again. Some say a mother’s love is stronger than any other, and even though I understand what is meant by this, I have to say that there is yet another that is stronger.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love He has for us, is an amazing love. It cannot be described in words, but once you experience it, you will never forget it. It fills you with such joy that you want to share it with everyone you meet.
During this holiday season, many people experience a heartfelt sense of “Holiday Spirit”, sharing, giving and expressing love to one another is the “theme” wherever you go. When we spread the good cheer and remember why we celebrate this joyous holiday we all feel better, happier, and we count our blessings.
When you have the love of th Lord in your heart, every day is like Christmas! So when the Christmas tree comes down and the decorations are put away, and you start thinking about your New Year’s resolution, don’t out away that JOY. It isn’t just for the “holidays”, it’s for every day.
May you have the love of the Lord in your heart this holiday season and every day thereafter.
Merry Christmas and God Bless Us Everyone!