Valentine’s Day Gifts

The gift of giving is the true Valentine’s Day gift.
I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Oh I liked making the boxes for my kids classes at school, baking heart cookies and of course eating the chocolates! And yes, I do have a wonderful husband that takes time to give me a card(and takes me to Dairy Queen). But I have learned it isn’t about the getting but about the giving that counts.

Our church ladies group is wonderful. They take the time to deliver roses to those who are alone, widowed and need a little cheering up. You see,it doesn’t just encourage those who are receiving them, but it also lifts the spirits of the ones delivering. Once you get past the “it’s all about me” you learn the real meaning of receiving.

James 1:27 (ESV) “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world”. That is what I desire for my Valentine. I want to have those who see and know me to say that I am pure in my actions. That my actions show what I believe, that God will say I kept myself from the lust of this world and helped those who were unlovable.

I have seen those who are down and out, who are living in their car, on the streets or in shelters. Yes it totally breaks my heart. But they are not the only ones who are hurting. Many live their days just sitting in their homes, wanting just someone, anyone to stop in. They are alone, hurting, sometimes with family close by who have stopped visiting for one reason or another. These are the ones who once were full of life. Now they can only watch as others go by. Wishing for times past when friends would call, stop by for a cup of coffee and discuss the latest news.

God gave us the perfect valentine in the Bible. It has all the love, excitement and life-changing examples one could ever crave. So the best Valentine’s Day gift? Jesus gave His gift of love for us by dying on the cross so we may accept eternal life.

This Valentine’s Day, let us remember the ones who need that visit, card, or phone call. I pray that we will walk our talk and share the meaning of religion, to be pure in heart, sharing God’s Valentine gift, Jesus to others.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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