Will You Be My Valentine?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some of us like Valentine’s Day and the opportunity to share a little love. Some of us feel like it’s a forced “Hallmark” holiday with expectations no one can live up to.

Everyday is “Valentine’s Day” for Jesus. Everyday he asks, “Will you be my valentine?” I love this meditation by Joyce Rupp.

“Peter, will you be my valentine?”
“Jesus, you know everything. You know I want to be your valentine.”
(Rough translation of John 21:17)

Jesus also speaks to me:
“Will you be my valentine? Will you be my friend?”

Which is to say:

Will you let me give you my unconditional love?
Will you accept my peace for your tired and worn self?
Will you receive my mercy and forgiveness?
Will you believe in my love when everyone else has gone away or given up on you?
Will you be generous enough to take my love to others when they need you?
Will you be bread to my hungry, love to my needy, hope to my desolate?
Will you love yourself well and believe in the gifts I’ve given to you?
Will you trust me to always companion you?
Will you lay down your life for me?

“Will you be my valentine? Will you be my friend?”

I listen to the invitation.
I look within and find “yes” answers in my own February heart, “Yes” because of dear friends who have graced my days with love.

Their hearts are plainly flesh and earthen,
Yet they touch me to your goodness.
Their hearts are weak and wounded, yet they mend the torn in me. Their hearts are tired and troubled, yet they’ve time to give me rest.

My friends are loving pathways leading home,
Home to where you are, O Lover of All Hearts.

And so, I respond humbly, gratefully: “You know everything. You know I want to be your valentine.”

Tomorrow we gather to love one another so that we might be reminded of God’s love for us. We gather to worship and thank “Our Father” who teaches us to pray. We’ll be looking for you at 9 or 10:30 a.m.

Grace and peace,

Joyce Rupp’s meditation from her book, Out of the Ordinary, page 234.

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