Next week millions of dollars will be spent on chocolate and it ranks second only to Mother’s Day for flower sales. I love the idea of having a special day set aside to honor those we love, but I wondered how the day came to be in the first place.
St. Valentine’s Day started as a church holiday around 500 years after our Savior’s death. There was more than one St. Valentine and they all suffered the death of martyrs. One of them was said to perform marriages in secret. It wasn’t until much later that the celebration turned into one of romantic love.
During Medieval times, the practice of sending written Valentine messages was established and remains to this day through the boxes for cards which stand in classrooms or the beautifully crafted messages given to those we love on that day. Of course, most women believe that every day should be Valentine’s Day and at least 85% of them are the ones who purchase those sentimental cards each year.
As we look forward to this special day, let’s remember the source of all love, the one who gave His most precious gift.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.