ALL WE NEED IS LOVE
What's love got to do with it? Well, actually everything. In February we observe the season of Lent and of course Valentine's Day. If you study the history of Valentine's Day you will hear a definite connection. St. Valentine lived in a time of political corruption and moral decline. Emperor Claudius II had banned "marriage" because he thought single men made better soldiers than married men. Valentine continued to join couples together in Christian marriage. Valentine defied the emperor's decree and was imprisoned and executed around February 14, 278 AD. Valentine stood up for what he believed in and gave up his life.
Lent begins on February 10th and our primary focus is on the one who has poured out his all for us because of his incredible love. As we enter the season of Lent we pray that God will work within us that we may be more loving.
Create in us, Holy God, the will to love our neighbors both near and far, with a love that makes a difference in the world. Grant that we will stand fast for what we believe and in so doing may we shine your gracious love in our deeds as well as our words. Let us love our families and our friends with a mature love that thinks first of their welfare. Help us to listen more and talk less. Help us to care more and judge less. Help us to break down the barriers that block us from loving and serving you. Let us put away our excuses and look with clarity at our lives. Draw us ever closer to you that we may be your committed and loyal children of love.