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But the greatest of these is love

But the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)

This Christmas, for a variety of reasons, we decided not to give Christmas gifts. I know it sounds a bit radical but the reasons were compelling. This was not an easy thing for our family because we love Christmas and we love to give each other gifts. It’s not the kind of thing where you buy just anything and give it, we think through our purchases and try to buy things that will show the recipient that they are loved. And I can say that I probably am the biggest offender at buying ‘too much.’ I love to give Christmas presents. In the beginning, I was fine. I actually was enjoying not going into the stores and shopping on line. However, as I went into the stores to do other shopping I started thinking “Oh, he would love that!” And the desire to buy gifts grew. I noticed this in all of us. But we stuck to our commitment. As Christmas is just five days away, I’ve noticed something about my family. We are all being very thoughtful about each other and each of us is finding a way to give a gift that isn’t purchased. We are using our talents and resources to give something from our heart. The wonder of it is in that we haven’t talked about it with each other. Each person has decided in their own heart to give with their heart. As I sit here and bask in the love that is present, it makes me think of God and the gift he gave from his heart to us. I think I’ll be basking in receiving His very meaningful gift for a very long time.

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy

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