St. Valentine

Won’t you be my Valentine?   Valentine’s Day – February 14!  A day of love, of romance.  It is a popular day for weddings.  More people get engaged on Valentine’s Day than any other day.  It’s a day to send a card, give a gift of flowers or candy.  The Lutherans, Episcopals and Catholics all recognize February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.

So who was Saint Valentine?  He is one of the best known saints in the world.  All sorts of legends are told of him — that he sent messages of love to his friends while he was in prison, that he healed a girl of deafness and/or blindness and left her a note signed Your Valentine, that he was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples.  These are the legends — there are almost no facts about this man at all!

Some believe he was Valentine, the Bishop of Terni who refused to renounce his faith in Christ.  Some believe he was a Roman priest named Valentine who married Christian couples when it was illegal to do so.  Whether bishop or priest, the result was that Claudius II of Rome commanded him to be beaten with clubs.  When that failed to kill him, he was beheaded on February 14, 269.  Hardly a story to stir up romantic passion!  Or is it?

Here is the love story:  God’s love for Valentine and Valentine’s love for God.  God so loved Valentine that God gave His only begotten Son, that Valentine believing in Him would not perish but have Eternal Life.  Valentine so loved God that he renounced himself rather than his Lord.

God loves you, too!   God so loved you that he gave His only begotten Son, that if you believe in Him, you will not perish but have Eternal Life.   (John 3:16)   This is the best love letter that you’ll ever receive!  How will you respond?