Thoughts for the Month


A cold, grey and miserable month, there seems little to get excited about at this time of year. Yes, there is St Valentine’s Day but nowadays it is largely a secular occasion. 


Who was Valentine?  There are many legends, but none are based on historical fact. In the first century AD it is said that Valentine, who was a priest, defied the emperor Claudius and secretly married couples so that the husbands would not have to go to war. The legend claims that there was a shortage of soldiers so Claudius was not pleased.

Another legend was that Valentine refused to sacrifice to pagan gods. Being imprisoned for this, Valentine gave his testimony in prison and through his prayers healed the jailer’s daughter who was blind. On the day of his execution in 269AD he left her a note signed ‘Your Valentine.’

Whatever the story behind St Valentine’s Day, it is a day when we think especially of those that we love.

In John Chapter 15 we read, ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’

Jesus’ commandment is much more than just loving those we are closest to, or even those we like. He requires us, no commands us, to love everyone with whom we come into contact. Difficult though this may be, perhaps we need to be less judgemental of those we meet, more willing to offer the hand of peace and in time, friendship.           

Love certainly will bring warmth to this cold month.

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