A Lenten Valentine
This Sunday brings an interesting combination of events both of which fall on the same Sunday. It’s the first Sunday in Lent and it is Valentine’s Day.
Lent is that time when we take time to go deeper in our faith. So, last week I asked you to complete these seven statements: God is; Jesus is, the Holy Spirit is; the Trinity is; the “Eternal” is; the Church is; and Christian Leadership is. The equation becomes complete when we also add: therefore I am. Lent is the perfect time to work on completing these statements. It will allow to explore where we stand on some of the most important aspects of our faith.
Valentine’s Day is a day to remember and thank those closest to us. It’s a day of love, of thanksgiving, of appreciation and even recognition. It’s a day set aside for flowers and chocolate, and how ironic is it that so many of us seek to give up things like chocolate during this time. The sanctuary becomes devoid of flowers as we seek to simplify and focus. So how might these two events work together? I believe they can and they do.
To prepare please read I John 4:7 – 8.
For extra credit add John 13: 34 – 35.