Saint Valentine’s Day

8B4231FD-7F8A-49CB-9CF8-D56504C12AEB“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on February 14.  Saint Valentine was either a priest or a bishop in the Roman Empire who ministered to persecuted Christians.  He was martyred and buried on February 14, 269.  His TRUE sacrificial love has left a legacy—Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romantic love in many regions around the world.


1A53C225-0385-4AB6-A484-D4646838458D“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Many people I know claim to have numerous friends. While I admire hundreds of people, I have come to realize that I have a small cadre of true friends. As the Proverb states, a real friend is closer than a brother. During some of the most difficult periods in my life, a handful of people actually gave me their unwavering support. Some of my “friends” distanced themselves and gossiped about my misfortunes. As the wise saying goes, “true friends walk in when others walk out”. Now I am not so vain as to think I have always been a true friend to others either. Being a true friend requires sacrifice and I have not always been able to fulfill that role. Perhaps my own standards have limited how many friends I have. Still I will press onward and try to love others as commanded.


3353C613-E0F4-4581-98E6-D3B342F0D0B1“”Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭ESV

March 12 is my mother’s birthday. Today I honor her in Heaven for sacrificing so much for me and for loving me enough to make me fiercely independent. There are so many precious memories, but one stands out above all other. My older brother died of melanoma at age 24 just 3 weeks before Christmas and my mother, along with my father, made sure that Christmas was extra special for everyone else. That kind of courage and love defined my mother and I am indeed thankful.