From Your Pastor
A Heart and A Hug
Quickly into January, you began seeing Valentines candy and teddy bears for sale. Boxes of sweet treats in the shape of a heart for the ones you love. Teddy bear hugs for loved ones to remember your embrace. Hearts and hugs! Red roses and other flowers also express love and care. We give gifts at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduations, house warming, baby showers, and retirement celebrations. We take the time to express love, care, and friendship. Can you think of other occasions when you give a gift letting others know you care?
Gary Chapman, in his book, Five Love Languages, writes there are five ways we express and experience love. The list: Gift Giving, Quality Time, Physical Touch, Acts of Service (Devotion), and Words of Affirmation. He says that each person has a primary love language.
Psalm 53:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Is it possible for a person to be loved by God and yet not know it? Yes! Without faith, one cannot believe in God or know God and His love. They are indeed loved but the heart and mind finds all kinds of ways to deny that God loves them and refuse to give God honor and glory as the source of all blessings.
Building on the theme of Five Love Languages, which is God’s language toward you and what is your love language toward God?
God has all five. He uses all five to let you know He loves you. All good gifts come from the Lord! God is omnipresent; He spends every moment of time with you. Through the Sacraments, God touches your body and soul. Through Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, God rescued you from sin, death, and the devil. Jesus said, “I did not come to be served but to serve.” God through His Word gives you “words of affirmation.”
The heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ, has long ago asked, “Will you be Mine?” He purchased you; He redeemed you, not with gold or silver but with the holy precious body and blood of Jesus Christ. He has put into your heart His Spirit and given you His love and the language of His love. Throughout our life on earth, we have opportunities to express God’s love. First, by loving the Lord with all our heart. Second, by loving and serving others. Jesus said, “when you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.” Because of God’s love in us we give gifts, touch, spend time, serve and speak words of affirmation. Let Valentine’s Day be much more than a secular holiday. May it express our faith and walk with God.
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