An elderly couple celebrating Christmas together happily

The Gifts of Christmas: Love

“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in sins – it is by grace you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

Every house built starts the same – with the foundation. It’s the starting place for homes and a critical piece in home-building. If the foundation is not constructed correctly, it’s weak, or it cracks, the rest of the house and everything in it is at risk of collapse.

We all have moments where we feel unsteady. As though our foundation is unstable, and we could collapse in on ourselves at any given moment. Like a house built on a poor foundation, we wobble. This uncertainty can result from circumstances that feel like chaos, feelings of loneliness, or simply the wear and tear of everyday life. We feel like we’re swirling and searching for belonging – for love.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul reminds of the depth of God’s love. He tells us that while we were still sinners, God saw you and loved you so much He sent His one and only son into the world as a baby, only to grow up and die so that you may be united to Him for eternity. If we take a moment to reflect on this sacrificial love, we will see that there isn’t anyone else on earth that loves us this much.

Love is the foundation of who God is. Everything He does flows out of His generous love. And this, as followers of Christ, is the foundation of our lives. We don’t have to tremble when circumstances go off course, or our feelings don’t match this truth. We can stand firm amid life when we rest in the foundation of God’s loving arms, brought to us through His son, Jesus Christ.


Lord may your love be my foundation. In times of uncertainty, remind me of your great love for me. Help me to believe it and then show that great love to those around me. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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