How giving a banana and an onion for Christmas gifts remind us that Jesus loves us.
Love anything and your heart will get stomped. So do you build a fence around your heart and never give yourself fully to anyone or anything? Perhaps that's the smart play but we weren't made to live with barbed wire between us.
Here is one gift of Christmas - instead of placing artificial partitions between us, I can give myself to you without reservation and without fear of rejection. Because Jesus is born into a world that wants nothing to do with him. He holds nothing back and we nail him to a cross.
And as we take in the crazy lengths Jesus goes to persuade us of his never-stopping, always-and-forever love, we find that we can love with reckless abandon. You might crush me but I won't stop loving you - I can't stop loving you - because the Love that I crushed refuses to give up on me.