Today is Feb. 15th 2020. The day after we see all the hearts, valentines, love messages, hubbies talking all mushy on social media about their wives, and vice versa. The day after Valentine's Day. Valentine’s Day is such a beautiful day, filled with love, chocolate and sweet sentiment. But let’s always remember that love isn’t about a day, love is 24/7/365. Love is what took Jesus to the cross of Calvary, and what held Him on the cross. Love is what brought Him from heaven to earth, and what brought Him out of the grave. Love, plain and simple. True love carries you through the good times and the bad times. 1 Cor. 13:4-8 gives us a description of what love truly is.
Ten years ago today, Feb. 15th 2010 Wendy’s grandparents had just celebrated something like 8 million years (63 years if memory serves me) of marriage. They stood before the church on that February 14th and celebrated all those years together. They truly showed what love was to each of us. On February 15th, they departed for a doctor appointment about 30 miles away. No one knew that would be their last Celebration together on this earth, but it was. A patch of ice, a spin, another vehicle, and they both were taken from this world together. They stepped into the loving arms of Jesus, together.
The story is tragic, and yet it is joyful, neither having to stay here without the other. And it goes without saying, entering their reward. What is the point? Love is what we are called to do. To love God, and love others. Not just on February 14th, but February 15th and beyond. As a pastor, husband, father and friend, if I could give you one piece of advice. Make everyday Valentine’s Day. A day of loving one another, not condemning, just loving, as Christ loves you. Even when you aren’t worthy, He still loves you. HE STILL LOVES YOU! We are not promised tomorrow, but neither are the ones we love, so let them know on February 14th, 15th, and every other day of the year. I know it sounds cliche, but I would give all I own to spend another day with my parents on this earth. But, we know that can’t happen. But what can happen is to make sure those around me know that I love them.
To all my friends and family, while we may not agree on everything, I love you! I pray for you, and I am expecting great things for you. If we never meet again on this side of heaven, my prayer for you is that we will meet again on the other side.
February 15th, a day that will forever be a day of great love in our hearts. May God bless your February 15th, and every day forward with love!