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Topic: Valentine (05/16/05)
TITLE: The One, True Love
By Peggy Yengling
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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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