Valentine

by admin ~ February 23rd, 2019. Filed under: Brandenburg.

This week having been Valentine’s brings the thought of “love,” because that seems to be the operative word for that day. It’s actually the Feast of St. Valentine, honoring a Roman Catholic “saint,” named Valentinus. The story is that he was imprisoned for performing weddings of Christian soldiers forbidden to marry by pagan Rome and then before he was executed, legend says that he healed his jailer’s blind daughter, Julia, to which he had signed a note then to her, “Your Valentine.” The Feast of St. Valentine was then declared by Pope Gelasius I to be celebrated on February 14. That day of the year became associated with romance when Geoffrey Chaucer, the English poet, wrote in 1382: “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate” – written to honor the wedding of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. Chaucer’s poem evinces an already established tradition. None of this Valentine stuff is love. I don’t want to completely discredit it. It has its place, but without biblical love, it is mere sentimentalism. Feelings matter, but through the toughness, tragedy, and struggle of life, sacrificial giving of what’s best for the other person is love. And it’s fruit of the Holy Spirit. Love is of God.

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