Happy Valentines Day to everyone. I decided to share this simple image which transforms John 3:16 into a “sorta” acrostic. I think it is cool that this worked out because it truly is the best message of love; and best yet, it is for everyone.
Growing up Mom told me a story of a young girl that was in her class at school. She described the girl as very poor and dirty. (That must have been terribly poor, because my mother grew up poor). Anyhow at this time in history every kid did not get a trophy and teachers didn’t force everyone to “bring something for everyone” Mom recounted that on Valentines Day only the popular kids got Valentine’s and gifts placed in their bags or boxes at school and for several years this poor girl never received any. I don’t mean to tell you a sad story on a holiday but this girl’s house burned and the young girl was killed. Mom explained that all of her classmates felt badly as they remembered no one was kind to her.
Good! They should have felt badly. Kindness is free and Jesus called for us to be kind. We are most like God in our acts of kindness. Yesterday I was privileged to visit a dear woman. She was alone. Her husband had died, her mother, and all of her siblings. I visited for a short time and sang a few hymns. She was so happy. As I left I shook her hand and she asked me for a hug. Of course I leaned forward and put my arms around her neck. I promised to come again, and I will.
Give your candy, send your cards but in the weeks to come “keep sending Valentine’s”, as you are careful to “show kindness”. Go out of your way to find those who really need a visit or a kind word. Serve them, pray for them, and be sure to tell them how much God loves them and the message of the John 3:16 Valentine.
Remember God’s Valentine wasn’t crammed in an envelope. He hung on a cross so that we might be reconciled to the Father, and have eternal life.
God Bless You and Happy Valentines Day
PS Remember St. Valentine was a missionary. Pray for a missionary, send a kind note, give, and pray for those around the world who have so much less than we do.