Every year, thousands of heartfelt messages are inscribed upon the most beautifully decorated Valentine’s Day cards. At any corner drug store, you’ll find them neatly displayed on the greeting card isle in every conceivable category. They come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from pop-ups to fold-outs, some play a catchy-tune, while others contain gigantic card-board lips that “spring” out at you when opened!
All of them are wonderful expressions of affection in their traditional pinks, reds and lavender trim!
The cards wait patiently for a passersby, hoping to catch the attention of a glancing eye as they pose, ready for close inspection. Each reader quietly contemplates the words inside to see if the message spoken, will be just the right arrow sent by Cupid to “pierce” the heart of their beloved!
Yet with all the flowery words and the romantic prose, none of them can drive home the message more poignantly then the simple invitation to “Be Mine.”
Now talk about NOT mincing your words! That rather bold command is undoubtedly an earnest expression of an inward desire to claim one’s love interest as their very own!
I have to confess, the Cinderella in all of us gals would gladly pass up the lace trimmed box of chocolates, the long stemmed roses, and even the glass slipper to hear that no nonsense invitation coming from the heart of our Prince Charming!
Most assuredly, many well known companies such as Hallmark and American Greeting have hired the best and most prolific writers in an attempt to try to come up with new and more innovative ways to say those three longed for words… “I Love you.”
Yet none of them can come close to the most beautiful expression of love ever recorded in history, found in the gospel of John:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever should believe on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Yes, God’s message of love is breathed into every word contained within the Holy Scriptures. For God Himself is LOVE! (John 4:16). His love is unconditional and all encompassing. He longs to embrace us and hold us close to His heart as He softly whispers “Be Mine.”
Would you like to receive a very special Valentine this year? The truth is, it has already been sent to you. It arrived “Special Delivery” two thousand years ago by way of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Will you receive Him today? He longs to bring his message of love to you and transform “all your days” into Valentine”s Day!
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. (Isaiah 43:1)