God-like Love

Dear Lovers,

Keep in mind tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  That means many things. For some, it is a time to celebrate with the one they love. For others, there might be sadness, or longing for what has not been.

We really do not know that much about St. Valentine. The “Legenda Aurea” by Jacobus de Voragine, compiled around the year 1260, was one of the most widely read books in the Middle Ages. It gave a little bio on each saint to inspire sermons throughout the year. The very brief description of St. Valentine has him refusing to deny Christ before the Emperor Claudius in the year 280. Before his head was cut off, Valentine restored sight and hearing to his jailer's daughter. Jacobus makes a play on words by connecting “Valentine” to the definition “as containing valor.” How we got to candy hearts from there is a mystery of history that you may want to delve into. The point here is that the original St. Valentine had given himself over to loving even those who would take his life. That is love for the whole world –the kind of love that makes up the kingdom of God. Like St. Valentine, we are called to lock on to that mission as the way to freedom.

Prayers: That God’s Love might transform our hearts and the world.  For the ministry team who went to Booneville Mississippi last weekend : Mark Niebuhr, Milt Jensen, Deanne Cruickshank, Larron Jackson, Harriett Jackson, Donna Rose Challis, Bill Challis, Zach Herzog, Maureen Herzog, Jude Delhierro, and myself... that the seeds of faith God planted might be cultivated well among us.

Text: John 20:15,16. Who is the ‘gardener ‘ standing before us/you?

Last weekend in Mississippi, Jude Delhierro led the choir and congregation in the singing of the song Jude wrote, “More Power, More Love.”  Here is a version of that song, which popular contemporary artist Fred Hammond covered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY4wJgNQ9vU

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

Please join us in reading the Daily Texts: Isaiah 63:16 and Matthew 6:9

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