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Summary: John 3:16 God’s Valentine

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Be My Valentine

John 3:16

I was thinking about love this week. No because I wanted too ,but because Dorothy suggested that tit would be a good topic this week. Since Valentines day is just a few days away. I thought back to my elementary school days down in Douglasville. Beulah Elementary and maybe the 3rd or 4th grade .

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I remember making valentines in class. I believe they were primarily for my mom. The red construction paper cut into the shape of a heart. The white lacey paper that was glued around the edge. I don’t remember being too neat. I do seem to remember being excited to take it home.

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I also remember filling in the to and from on valentines that my mom bought from the store. The little ones with the catchy sayings and they each came with a little envelope. I also remember that I had to make one for every member of my class. It did not matter if I actually liked the person or not.

Sometimes, I would choose particular valentines for certain people. I especially remember searching the box of cards for the perfect valentine for that very special person… My teacher.

I always started with the teacher card, doing as neat a job as I possibly could. I liked to make points with my teachers.

Unfortunately, my hand writing has never improved.

Occasionally, I would mark out or changed words on the card not wanting any girl to get the mistaken idea.

Then on the day closest to Valentines Day we delivered the cards to people’s desks or boxes or bags along the wall. The girl’s mail boxes were heavily decorated with harts and lace and lots of red. The boys if they could get away with it might only have their name and always had the minimum.

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I remember later days in high school. Ordering a flower from a school club to be delivered to my sweet heart, perhaps some candy in the heart shaped box.

I seem to remember spending most and sometimes all I had to get the best gifts and card I could.

Love can make you do some strange things. It can make you act crazy. It can make you take risk that a more sane person would never consider.

I had one additional deep thought this week. The more I thought about love the more I remembered how much it can hurt.

I hope that ya’ll can remember that painful feeling of young love. If you were shy, like me, sometimes it was hidden deep inside of you. Perhaps only exposed when you looked, at a distance, toward that person that caught your eye. A silent crush where it was obvious that the other person did not even know you were alive, much less suspect that you liked them.

Others may remember rejection from a person that they liked. Love is an unrealistic emotion that has the ability to cause a physical pain when it is rejected or made fun of.

--Today we are talking about God’s valentine.

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It is similar to a valentine card that you might purchase or make this week. They normally have short or simplified statements of love and friendship.

I can not think of a Valentine I have ever seen that would actually express the love I have for Renee.


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