Rev. Vic Jacopson MBE, has this seasonal twist on Paul's letter to the Corinthians:
Though I say 'Merry Christmas' and voice my goodwill to thousands, but have not love, I am no more than a seasonal jingle.
If I lavish gifts in abundance and can expound the mysteries of the incarnation and have faith even in the Virgin Birth, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I were to give everything I possess to the starving people of Africa and surrender my time, even my very life, for the poor, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, even with children and ageing grandparents.
Love is kind and does not disappear at washing-up time.
It is not rude and does not demand to watch its own choice of programmes on the television.
It is not easily angered with brothers and sisters; it keeps no record of the number of jobs they did not do.
Love does not delight in evil on the screen or in the home, but rejoices in the truth which Jesus came to be and to give.
It always protects the weaker; trusts for the better; hopes for the future and perseveres all the way to Boxing Day.
Love never fails. Astrologers and media pundits try endlessly to forecast the future; they will cease.
Politicians' tongues and even the Queen's Speech will one day be stilled.
All the knowledge of science will one day pass away.
For we know a fraction of what is and is to come, but when the new Christmas comes, all other Christmases will pale into insignificance.
When I was a child, Christmas meant only reindeer, turkey and presents; but when I come to maturity of faith I shall put away childish things and, 'childlike', worship the Son of God.
Now we see only through the tinsel and the mists of time back to Bethlehem, but then, we shall see him in all his glory, face to face.
Now we know him only in history and by faith; but then fully, even as we ourselves are fully known.
As the wise men brought three gifts to the infant Jesus, so we have three gifts given to us this Christmastime – faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
Rev Vic Jackopson.
If you want Paul's version, see 1 Corinthians 13, verses 1 – 13.
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