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THE GRAPEVINE

 

 

February, 2019

Rev’s Reflections

February 14th, Valentine’s Day is known as the day of romance and love in today’s society. It has slowly taken over the month of February and even into the end part of January. Everyone must buy the most lavish gifts to profess their love for someone or else it’s not true love. Or at least that’s what society teaches. But Valentine’s Day is about so much more than just the materialistic holiday we know today.

The story goes that Valentine’s Day was created in remembrance of Saint Valentine of Rome. He was imprisoned for performing weddings for sol- diers, who were forbidden to marry. He also ministered to Christians who were being persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to the stories, Saint Valentine restored the sight to a judge’s blind daughter and before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. To this day we still pass out Valentine cards and even some of those are signed the same!

But the true meaning of Valentine’s Day can be found in the name of Saint Valentine. The name Valentine comes from the Latin word Valens which isdefined as Influential, worthy, strong, powerful. Valentines Day is a timein which we show how powerful our love is for someone else. In the church this is shown in the understanding of how powerful the heart is and to Whom that heart belongs!

This year on Valentine’s Day I want you to remember whom your heart truly belongs to and what gifts you can get for Him. The best part of doing this is you know your gift will never be better than His! It takes a lot of stress out of the action, but we are still called to make sure our gift is one ofValens. This year I am focusing on giving my heart truly to God, for God says our hearts are full of Valens. Our hearts are also the only gift Christ asks for. I ask you ‘Where is your heart this day?’ Is it truly being given to God and do you know in his words your heart shows the true meaning of Valentine’s Day?

Sincerely in His love and grace,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Pastor Cody

 

 

 

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