I like February – February has my holiday – Valentines Day!  My middle name is Valentine!  No, seriously, my middle name IS Valentine – Robert Valentine Harringer Jr. – that’s me.  My dad was born on Valentine’s day in 1922; he’s Senior; I’m Junior.  Some of the guys in college used to call me ‘Valentine’ as a nickname.  I didn’t mind it, although I think their motives were less than sincere!

While the history of St. Valentine is shrouded in mystery, it has come to be a celebration of love; commercialized with sentimental cards and copious amounts of candy.  When we were kids, we used to give Valentine cards to all our classmates and teachers – it was a nice; if somewhat corny tradition.  We’re all familiar with the classic rhyme, ‘Roses are Red; Violets are Blue; Sugar is Sweet and so are you.’  Here’s one of the more sillier rhymes: ‘Chocolate is brown, hearts are red – if you won’t be my Valentine, I’ll ask another  instead!’

Valentine’s day ought to be a reminder of God’s unfailing love for us!  God’s ultimate Valentine was becoming a sacrifice for us.  There is no greater love than this!  It’s a love that has produced a priceless salvation available to all mankind!  John 3:16 is really the best Valentine’s verse that anyone could ever receive:  ‘For God so loved YOU that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!’  Or, think about it this way:  If God had a refrigerator; YOUR picture would be on it!