Love … the kind that puts others’ interests as first priority … is often constrained, especially under stress. Disrupted routines, whether well-off families on holidays, refugees seeking asylum, or those managing unforeseen crises, render it difficult to focus on our own needs, let alone the needs of others.
Jeremiah 31:7-14 is the fifth day of Christmas gift. It’s primary context speaks of a boundless love from God for his exiled people. It is appropriated for the Christmas season as vindication. See – God has always been with his people and now dwells amongst them, incarnated in the child born to Mary and Joseph on Nazareth! This gift is so boundless; it embraces the universe.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3b)