Typing this on the sofa under the blanket full of cold. Flicking through my favourite romantic films on Netflix and skipping to what I deem to be the best scenes. Waiting for Joel to come back from church and cuddle me better. This is Valentine’s Day 2016 and I am thankful that today is just another day that I can be in God’s presence knowing how much I am loved by Him.
This year Joel and I decided we were not going to do anything for Valentine’s Day (the heart shaped desserts in the fridge aside!). That meant no card, no present, no surprises. We both agreed to this, although I hesitated because I remembered our first Valentines together. We were not actually boyfriend/girlfriend yet so I did not want to get a card or present in case I scared the poor guy away. Joel on the other hand bought me a single red rose and a card. It was really sweet and I will always remember it. However, I got him nothing and it felt a bit awkward… I will always remember a comment from a friend on this event: “You know it is always better to give than receive…” All in humour of course, but I felt awful! Maybe you can see my hesitation in agreeing not to get anything this year in case he does the same thing again!
On the evening of February 13th, Joel and I alongside others from our church spent time together cooking pancakes for the community. It was a Valentines Pancake Party. It was busy but so much fun! Spending the eve of Valentine’s Day with church family whom we love.
Joel and I really wanted everyone who came to know just how much God loved them. We designed a simple card with the words of John 3:16 on the cover for people to take away. It looked similar to this:
I found this quote from C.S. Lewis that we put in it too:
“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”
God’s love for us is the same yesterday, today and forever. Sadly, I know my feelings come and go with the weather. Hey, that rhymed!
I pray that the message of God’s love will go deeper into the hearts and minds of others than any Clinton’s card or big bouquet of roses. I am not the Scrooge of Valentines, but I want the deepest, truest, unfailing love that I could ever be given. God gave the greatest gift to us all through His only Son, Jesus Christ who forgives all of our sins. It is because I am forgiven that I can know the Lord and His love for me.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
This Valentines Day as I drink honey and lemon and dose up on Paracetamol, I will spend time knowing that I am so precious in the Lord’s eyes. I am thankful that I have people in my life that love me too. My husband, my mum, my sisters, my nan, my friends… Love is not a feeling. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19).
Let us remember how much we are loved by God, then we can truly love others and serve them in a more beautiful way.