Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder. That bwessed awangement, that dweam wifin a dweam … and wuv, twu wuv will fowow you foweva. So tweasure your wuv.
(That took a while to type, spell check was having a hay day)
In 496 … Gelasius declared the first Valentines Day to be a feast honoring Saint Valentine. Problem … there were three early Christian saints by that name. But with an unusual twist, all three had been martyred on February 14.
But it would take a while for this day to be connected to romance. That would come through Chaucer in 1831. Gifts, proposals, fancy dinners, and so much more have been added through the years. And now, Valentines Day accounts for 25% of all cards sent every year. Who even knows when it comes to ecards? (well, Google knows, they track everything but they are only telling for a price.)
Lisa’s first words this morning, right after ‘where’s my coffee?’, we’re ‘Happy Valentines Day, my love.’
Could this really be a day invented by Hallmark to sell cards? Could it be a trap by those who want to propose but are not creative enough year round to think of how to make the day special? Could it be a day created by those who love red just so they could wear red? Not sure, but this I know, I love my wife and I don’t need a special day to tell her. But I am glad there is a day. Any excuse to remind her of my love, she’s mine, and she’s stuck with me … foweva.
Who do you need to tell? Who needs to be shown they are special? Take today to do that.
And yes, love is about romance … but it also about so much more. The greatest love comes from our Lord. I hope you know and have experienced His love.
I close with Paul’s prayer to those in Philippi …
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (ESV, 1.9-11)