Herald Journal Columns
February 12, 2007, Herald Journal

An expression of love


Valentine’s Day is one of those most special days when we should find the time to reflect our love to another person.

On Valentine’s Day the word “love” will be used in a variety of ways, and more than usual. In today’s world, we have many different ways to do just that: a special card, flowers, dining out for the evening, a trip away, jewelry, a hug, a box of candy, a phone call, a hand colored picture to be hung on the fridge, or perhaps a soft spoken message of appreciation to another.

There are millions of ways to send a message of love to another person. May we all find the time to individually express our own personal ways of knitting another person closer to our heart.

One of the most wonderful attributes about knowing God is that there is always so much more to know and so much more to discover.

Just when we least expect it, he surprises us about who he is and how he works.

We sometimes may even question his ways and even scramble with what he has challenged us with.

Yet we know without question God is love. If we stop and think about his love for a moment, we will discover that God’s love encompasses the whole world and then, in the next on-going thought, we realize he can also be so small that he wraps himself around our heart, bringing joy into our lives.

However, nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our lord Jesus Christ when he sacrificed all he had and all he was by dying on the cross for each one of us.

Jesus didn’t only talk about love; he lived and died in a very profound and concrete way of example.

As we respectfully pause for a moment, may our heart and mind connect as we ponder these words, as Christ drew near to death, he, himself, trembled. It was an agonizing experience displayed to all his creations.

He never felt such excruciating pain, such abandonment, even from his father, to his humanity, his assumed flesh. It seemed torturing as they bore witness; but he passed into it, just for the love of us.

He even died for those who rejected him, just for the love of us.

There is no greater love than Jesus’ love. In reality it takes years to build up trust, and just seconds to destroy that seal of trust. By his great example, we love because he first encountered an outpouring of sacrifice for all, giving a permanent meaning to the world around us.

He was, and still is, today, our central figure of trust and love.

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