Ever wonder from where The Valentine’s Day celebration came? Or why it is associated with love and romance? Ever heard of Saint Valentine? As I was thinking about what to share this week and since we are approaching Valentine’s Day, I thought I would do a little research. I was rather surprised at what I found.

   It seems that there is some confusion as to who Saint Valentine was. In fact, many sources report that there were probably many priests named Valentine. Most sources agree that whether Saint Valentine was one individual or many, he (or they) was martyred under Roman rule. So, why is Valentine’s Day associated with love?

   Well, there’s confusion on that front too. One source said that Saint Valentine married young couples against the emperor’s wishes. Another reported that when Valentine was in prison,  he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter; and just before he was beheaded he sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.” Another suggests that the connection comes because Valentine was buried on February 14 which coincides with the pagan Feast of Lupercalia, a festival of love.

   So, I came to the conclusion that the whole thing is just a confusing mess that has survived to this day where we give and receive valentine cards, candy and flowers. Now, I’m not knocking all the sentimentalism surrounding Valentine’s Day – I actually rather enjoy it. But I began thinking that perhaps as Christians we should be working on how we love at all times. Read 1 Corinthians 13 again and see how you measure up. I know that I fall short so often.

   Then I was again reminded of the words of Jesus: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” Seems like a rather simple plan of salvation. And John tells us in 1 John 4:12 “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”  So as we think about Valentine’s Day, let’s be reminded that the world will be pointed to the Father through our love.

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