By Miriam Rossow
You Rock, Crazy 4 U, Too Cool, First Kiss, Sweet Pea, XOXO, and Be Mine. You recognize these phrases from the ever popular candy hearts that arrive in stores for Valentine’s Day. I recently purchased a bag of these and set them out as a table decoration. They did not last long as a table decoration.
Not only do my kids enjoy eating them, Caleb found how fun it was to read each of them. He would pull handfuls out and ask, “What does this say?” I dutifully read them off and he would then pop them in his mouth! Sometimes we would match them by color or phrase, but they would always end up in his mouth. So the decoration has diminished.
I have not been a huge Valentine’s Day participant. Sometimes I give my kids a little special treat like socks or hair band or special breakfast. Even more rare is the giving or receiving gifts from Justin. He has given me flowers on occasion and sometimes a special dinner. We most often choose to celebrate in house with some nice cheese, a bottle of wine, and maybe some special dessert rather than head out with everyone else.
No matter the amount or type of celebration the point is to show your love for those special people in your life. A day to say very intentionally I love you and here is why. I choose you. Will you choose me and Be Mine?
God has done this for us. He has sent us a message in His Son, Jesus, that says, “I love You. I choose You. Be Mine.”
And God has chosen you not because of how wonderful you are. God has chosen you not because of the kind words you say to Him or because of the great gifts you give Him. He has chosen you simply out of His great love, mercy, and compassion. He has simply chosen you. God says, “You are Mine through Jesus.”
Jesus was sent to bring this message of love to a broken world. And we see over and over again that although we, like the disciples before us, fail in our following of Him Jesus continues to pursue and love us. Jesus does not give up us. He is relentless in His love and pursuit of you and me!
You may not receive a special card or gift from someone special this Valentine’s Day. You may feel all alone or neglected. Please know that God sends a special message to you through Jesus that says, “I love you. I died for you. I am with you. I am coming again for you. I chose you. You are Mine. ”
“I love you. I died for you. I am with you. I am coming again for you. I chose you. You are Mine. “
You may have the best Valentine’s Day ever receiving gifts and flowers. You may feel loved by all the special people in your life. Please know that for you also God sends a special message that says, “I love you. I died for you. I am with you. I am coming again for you. I chose you. You are Mine. “