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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Valentine (05/16/05)

TITLE: The One, True Love
By Peggy Yengling


Valentine…just hearing or reading that word makes one feel happy.

It stirs memories of first loves, best friends, lost loves, and finding our one, true love.

You remember sitting down with scissors, glue, and lacy paper. Yes, I can still smell the gluey fragrance of my earliest valentine cards!

There was such excitement, taking them to school, distributing them, and hoping so hard that your ‘mailbox’ would fill up with valentines from your friends. The valentines were all shapes and sizes, but almost all of them were pink or bright red. And all of them had that big, perfectly shaped heart overshadowing everything else on the picture!

Sometimes, tucked inside the cards were little candies… those ‘once a year’ favorites with the sayings or the spicy cinnamon hearts. Ah, yes, I can taste the memories!

Let’s see, valentines are for those whom we love the most in the world. If that’s the case, shouldn’t we send a valentine to Jesus? If we did, what would we write? Valentines are all about love and caring, and usually help us recall pleasant memories… like Jesus cuddling the children on his lap, telling them stories, or calmly talking to those who needed a second chance, or teaching others the lessons of his Father. We can picture them so clearly. YES, those snapshots are all about love!

We would need to glue these sentiments together and form a valentine. The common bond would be Jesus’ blood. He became THE love of our life by shedding his blood for us – that is the ‘glue’ that holds this special valentine together!

Now, we are ready to give our valentine to Jesus. But, he tells us to go out into the world and spread His Father’s Word. I think that means he wants us to share his valentine with everyone. Somehow, there is enough love in his valentine to distribute to the whole ‘class’ of mankind! Now, we wonder, “Will we get a valentine in return from him?” Oh, yes… that, and much more! You see, tucked inside the valentine he delivers is the bread of life along with the blood of redemption! Once you’ve tasted his gifts, you will never be the same. You will have found THE ONE, TRUE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE – for now and forever more!

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John Lindsay05/24/05
Send a valentine to Jesus ... that's a great idea. I liked the way you turned the activity of making a valentine card into a reminder of Jesus love and a call to show His love to others.
Joyce Simoneaux05/30/05
I must confess that I didn't take the time to read and comment on the articles this week like I normally do. Every day is Valentine's Day with Jesus! Great piece, Peggy! Love, Joyce
Gloria Laroza T.05/31/05
While the world associates Valentine with roses, cards and chocolates, our True Love-Jesus Christ, gave His life bacause of His love for mankind. Isn't that the greatest love of all? Peggy, thank you for this well-written piece. -Gloria
Deborah Porter 05/31/05
Hi Peggy. Just popping in very quickly to let you know that you were in the semi-finals for the Valentine Challenge and did very well. So give yourself a pat on the back - you deserve it! Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Nancy Hardy06/03/05
Absolutely true! Your writing is so conversational, that I found myself absorbed in your excitement and deep love for Jesus. Oh, that everyone will accept the valentine of the One, true love! Always a joy to read your work!!