Footsteps in Faith: Valentine’s Day is about sharing love with God

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Cho
524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command

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Wow, time is flying, and it’s already Valentine’s Day. Let me remind you about Valentine’s Day’s history.

Many people believe that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died Feb. 14, 269 A.D., and legend says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend. He signed it, “From your Valentine.”

Other versions of the story say that St. Valentine served as a priest at a temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius, who had Valentine jailed for defying him. For reasons unknown, Valentine wasn’t allowed to conduct a couple’s wedding ceremony, but he did it for them anyway because of their passion for one another.

Later, in 496 A.D., Pope St. Gelasius set aside Feb. 14 to honor St. Valentine.

Through time, Feb.14 has become the date for exchanging love messages and a celebration of St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. The date is marked by sending poems and simple gifts, such as flowers and chocolates, to loved ones.

I believe the main concept of Valentine’s Day is love, like God’s love.

What is God’s love? God came to earth as a human being for our sins — that is God’s love. God gave his only son for our sins — that is God’s love. The Son of God died for our sins — that’s love!

God’s love is always an unconditional love. What’s unconditional love? Loving people no matter what they say or do, and embracing them with a warm heart.

Someone said this generation is an “excuse generation.” From time to time, we have too many excuses. Whenever I make a mistake, I try to make up an excuse.

Well, God is not like us. He accepts us without any questions or excuses. That’s why we can always come to him, because he will accept us again and again with his compassion and love.

In Luke 15:20, the Amplified Bible says, “So he got up and came to his own father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness for him, and he ran and embraced him and kissed him fervently.”

As Valentine’s Day comes this year, we need to take the time to think about God’s unconditional love.

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