Reading: I Corinthians 13; I John 4: 7-21
The month of love, hearts, valentines, and the color red is once again upon us. Saint Valentine's Day-- the widely observed holiday when the exchange of roses, cards, and candies take place-- is here for another year. Valentine's Day celebrate the feasts of two Christian martyrs of this name, according to Chase's Annual Events. Chase's says, "One, a priest and physician, was beaten and beheaded on February 14, AD 269, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Also, the Bishop of Terni is said to have been beheaded February 14th (possibly a year later)."
February 14 was selected for the celebration of these two men, possible as a diversion from the ancient pagan observance of Lupercalia, the Roman fertility festival, observed on February 15. For a holiday which is now known for love and romance, its beginnings surely weren't anything romantic.
February 14th also has been the date of some major non-romantic historical events. Like the famous Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, when seven members of the "Bugs" Moran gang were shot by gunmen. And, in 1989, a death sentence was given to Satanic Verses author Salmon Rushdie.
Many events in our lives are just like Valentine's Day. We think they are going to be boring or bad, but they turn out great. Sometimes things we don't want to do are better than we ever imagine, and things we look forward to turn out to be disastrous.
The next time you don't want to do something or go somewhere, thing about Valentine's Day. You may find love, romance, or something else you weren't expecting! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Reflect on this Bible passage:
For God so loVed the world
That he gAve
Believeth In Him
Should Not Perish
But have Everlasting life
--John 3: 16
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