One year a young lady gave a young man a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift. The shiny paper was perfectly tailored and the bow was tied to perfection. He couldn’t wait to open it.

His girlfriend had given him a present. He had gotten her a beautiful necklace he knew she’d love, but it wasn’t as fine as her present appeared.

He hoped she hadn’t gone overboard on his present. It would make him feel like a heel if she spent more than he did. On Christmas Day, she opened her gift and loved it. She asked him to put it on her, gave him a kiss and told him how much she loved it and how perfect it was.

He waited. She didn’t say anything about him opening her gift. As a matter of fact, she looked rather sad when he fingered the wrapping paper.

“May I open my gift,” he asked.

“Promise you won’t laugh at what’s inside?” she said.

“Whatever is in here, My Dear, it will be more than enough. I have you and that’s all that matters.”

Slowly he opened her gift savoring every moment. He lifted the lid and inside was a small card. It said, “This is a box full of my unending love for you. You can take as much love from this box as you need and yet, there will always be more. From my love you can take and my love will still remain, forever.”

Tears streamed down his face. He pulled her close and said, “That is truly the best gift I have ever been given. I’m just sorry I didn’t give the same to you. But I promise if you will marry me I will give you more of the same … unending, unconditional love.”

They were married for 68 years never missing a Christmas filled with boxes of love.

I pray you experience love, joy, hope and peace this Christmas, but most of all love from those around you and from God above.

If your life feels void of love I pray you draw up buckets of the wonderful nectar from the deep, deep Source of God’s bottomless well and then, share it liberally with the ones who need it even more than you do.

Above all I pray you experience the very presence of God in your life today and every day.

Love, Joy, Hope, Peace and Grace Today and Always,


© Copyright 2016, Teresa Shields Parker

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach, podcaster and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013.

Her books include: "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor"; "Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds"; "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy"; "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help": "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation"; and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, more information on both is available under the weight loss tab. Don't miss her weekly podcast, Sweet Grace for Your Journey, where she shares tips from her personal journey of losing weight and discovering healthy living. Find that under the podcast tab and anywhere you find podcasts.