1 Corinthians 13: 4-8: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up: does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Many of you have a “special someone” in your life, a spouse, a lover, a unique friend. Others of you celebrate this day by focusing on family. For some of you, this day can be very lonely. The loss of someone that you love can be very painful and the lack of companionship can hurt very deeply.
The origins of this special day are somewhat sketchy. There were at least two saints in the Roman church named “Valentine”. One of them actually died on February 14. Legend has it that one of them wrote a “valentine’s letter” from prison. Various traditions have developed over the centuries surrounding this holiday.
The point is that love is the greatest thing in the world. Nothing is more wonderful and fulfilling than the love of God, which was vividly and completely expressed through Jesus. This love is greater than faith and greater than hope. Nothing is more powerful than love. And all love, for friends, family and spouse comes from God. He is the source of love and, indeed, He is love.
Dear Father, I thank you for love, especially your love for me. I pray that you will teach me to love others with a love which never fails. Thank you God for the people whom You have given me to love. In the name of Your Son, Amen.