Hello friends . . . grace and peace,
The month of February has within its border, St. Valentine’s Day. I stumbled across the following blog post from a Christian Belgian author named Bram Bonius. I had never heard of him before but have grown to really enjoy some of the things he says. They make me think. I pray his words about this Saint make you think as well.
Happy day of St. Valentine to y’all!
Let’s not forget why the church calendar has this day. We do not know much about this Valentine guy, but if the vague legends are true he has been tortured to death and beheaded on February 14 for his faith in Jesus Christ.
Let’s reflect on that!
In all the stuff about lovers, chocolate and fluffy cupid angels, and weird sexy stuff we are celebrating the name day of a martyr who was tortured and killed for his Christian faith:
Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius II, known as Claudius Gothicus. He was arrested and imprisoned upon being caught marrying Christian couples and otherwise aiding Christians who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Helping Christians at this time was considered a crime. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner – until Valentinus tried to convert the Emperor – whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate. (wikipedia, paraphrasing the Nurenberg Chronicle)
Sure there is a lot to say about a day to celebrate love, if done in the right way (what’s up with all that over-commercialized nonsense on this day?) But as a follower of Christ every day should be a day to celebrate love. So let’s not be fooled by the worship of money, stuff and overvalued sexiness. It is not worth our time and effort…
So let’s love. Let’s be love. And let’s not forget those who died out of love for Christ, like Valentine whom is celebrated today! Let’s not forget all who die under an oppressive system that doesn’t want certain people to have their opinion. These things happen today as well as in the days of Cladius the Goth. And not just Christians, all sorts of people are being killed because they don’t agree with the ruling system…
shalom . . . Bram
Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. Love will never become obsolete.
Check out all the things coming up on Sunday Mornings (like Film School) or Sunday Afternoon/Evenings (like Youth Group) or Wednesday Nights (like D-Groups) or Weekends (as in Sign Up For Stuff) and especially our Mexico Mission Trip (Love Journey).