An extended quote of the day today that to me delivers the message of Christmas so well…
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
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 have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, 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.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
It is getting close to Christmas now and in Melbourne the weather is getting warmer and warmer. We are expecting a top of 33˚C today and the same for tomorrow and the next day. Christmas Downunder will be fine, sunny and hot. Still so much to do and the last minute rush for presents. At least all of the decorations are up, and this is what makes it feel special at home. They then come down at the end of the first week of January. We do not like to have the Christmas decorations up early as do some people. A short display time makes them all the more special. Now enough said here, I have to go off and do some more work!