Nora, Braden & Mabel,
Happy Valentine's Day!
Today is the day of love.
The Bible tells us that God is Love. He is the ultimate form of the one thing that all of our hearts long for on this earth. If we know and believe in Him, we have a love that is incomparable to anything that we will ever experience here-we have the hope of an eternal home with Him! It's so special and so important.
For me, this day is a reflection of our God. He created us in perfect love and He put us here to love others the same. If we love with kindness, meekness and a softness we will be doing exactly what we are called to do. You all do that really well; you have such special gifts and such special hearts.
My biggest fear is that you will grow up and your version of love will be tainted.
I never want you to have an idea of love that is inaccurate, painful or that causes you confusion. Please always remember that God is the only true Love. The rest of us are human. We are flawed and imperfect. We have the ability to fall in love, yes. But we also sometimes have the ability to hurt those that love us the most by our own choices. That doesn't take away from the love that you feel or once felt, it just changes things.
Life is full of changes but God Himself [love] never does.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and stays to the end.
That is God.
That is love.
So today while we, with the rest of the world, celebrate one another and the people that we love on Valentine's Day, let's not forget our one true sweetheart.
Our Lord who loves us created our hearts to give love to others.
Sometimes that means forgiving the unforgivable.
Sometimes it means hoping when we feel hopeless.
Sometimes it means learning to love again when we've been hurt.
But mostly it means allowing ourselves the greatest gift that has been given in Jesus.
Just loving Him and letting Him love us in return.
Happy Valentine's Day, kids.
You're loved so very big.