We celebrate Valentine’s Day every year on February 14th. Since the year 197 when Valentinus became known for performing Christian weddings and helping those persecuted for their faith. His last letter was to a lady love signed “Your Valentine”. It’s just like our nation to take a story, a good person’s legacy, and find a way to make a buck. Being a teacher, I’m amazed at this time of year when parents bring gifts, balloons, candy, toys to make an outward show of how “much” they love their child. Yet, when it is time to conference about grades and/or behavior, these parents are nowhere to be found. Jesus spoke about not being all show, but honoring God reverently (Matthew 6:5).
The ultimate love letter is the Bible. It is God’s love letter to us. John 15:13 tells us “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”. God’s love was demonstrated to us when He sent Jesus to die for our sins while we were still sinners and so unworthy (Romans 5:8). When you are given a Valentine, you receive it, accept it, treasure it, and return it with equal measure. God wants us to surrender our lives and accept His love. Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU! You are a treasure to God.