Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up. Love never comes to an end.... So these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the best one of these is love.
– 1 Corinthians 13:7-8,13
Valentine’s Day…some loathe it, some love it. I’m in the latter category. Despite the claims that it is a ploy created by card companies to sell more cards, I’m still all for a day that begs you to tell those you love how you feel. Besides, selling cards is also MY business! But honestly, I chose cards because I really, truly believe there are not enough kind words and encouragement out there. We all would love to have one more chance to send a dearly departed loved one a goofy, sappy valentine card with some groaner of a pun, i.e.: I love you a latte! ☕
My hubby and I are not the most romantic people. We appreciate the little things and honestly, most Valentine’s Days pass without a romantic night out, flowers or gifts and definitely without boxes of chocolate! But we do take the opportunity to fill a card, or perhaps just a note paper, with the mushiest, most sentimental expressions of affection and gratitude. We like to pretend it’s a contest to see who can make the other cry (I ALWAYS lose), but actually, it’s a much-needed anchor in a stormy world full of vicissitudes. I still have all those cards in a drawer. Every now and then I read over them, remembering the tough years and the good years, and you could never tell which was which from those cards because they all affirm the love and the value of the relationship despite the current circumstances.
While my hubby was away for National Guard training, we wrote many letters to each other. Because of our separation, the letters were filled not just with love and encouragement, but also with promises and hopes and plans for the future. We both remember the excitement we felt when we read those letters.
God, himself, decided his precious creation – us – needed the same sort of kind words, promises and encouragement. So, he wrote us a love letter. A love letter 66 books long: The Holy Bible! The Bible is truly a love letter from God. In it, he writes about the value of having a relationship with us, his hurt and disappointment when we rejected his love, and his joy at being loved by us. He also enumerates promise after promise concerning giving us all the best things this life has to offer, things like joy, hope, faithfulness, salvation, protection, and eternal spiritual life. And because we are currently deployed far from home, separated from him, he tells us how much he longs to be together with us, and how he has wonderful plans for our lives and a place prepared for us so that we can be with him forever.
In the good times and the tough times, his promises stand. His love and faithfulness remain as a beacon of hope and strength while we’re apart. And like my Valentine’s Day cards, his words are a sure and steady anchor in a world full of uncertainty, chaos, distractions and temptations.