February 13, 2020

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
~ 1 John 4: 7-8

Dear Friends:

It is almost Valentine’s Day and I want to share a rather unusual Valentine’s encounter with you. John and I were out at Easton having a romantic Valentine’s dinner last year – and our waiter joined us! This young man wanted to talk with us about his parents. And no – neither one of us was wearing a big cross or our pastor IDs!  John and I were simply talking and holding hands and I think John kissed my hand at one point and our young waiter came over deeply distressed.
     “How long have you two been married?”, he asked, eyeing the reading glasses and iPhone lights to see our menus!
     “Almost 40 years,” we replied.
     “And you still love each other?”, he asked.
     “Yes, lots.”
     “All my parents do is complain about each other. I’ve never seen them hold hands or laugh together. I can’t wait to move out of the house.”

Well, the conversation went from there. People kept trying to wave him over to take their order, but he wanted to talk about love, because he was skeptical about the whole thing.
Frankly, it was a pretty depressing conversation to have over cheese fondue!

But it became clear that the big piece this young man and his folks were missing was God’s love. That’s where it all starts; we are God’s beloved. God’s love for us is immeasurable – it is higher and wider and deeper than creation itself. As we dwell in that great truth, we can begin to love others – parent, child, spouse, friend, neighbor, stranger – with God’s limitless love. Saint Augustine once said of his conversion, “Lord, you have pierced my heart with the arrow of your love.” When we allow Jesus to pierce our hearts with His love, everything else begins to fall into place.

However you celebrate tomorrow, my prayer is that Jesus may pierce your heart anew with His abounding love.

In His Love,