I know Valentine's Day was 2 weeks ago, but I can't get this one Valentine out of my mind. It was shown to me by a friend, and is one of the most unusual cards I have ever seen. It was actually a montage of quotations from popular love songs of the past. After each quote, the recording artist was identified. This is what the card said:
The first time ever I saw your face, I thought the sun rose in your eyes. I knew our joy would fill the earth and last until the end of time my love.
Take my hand. Take my whole life too, for I can't help falling in love with you.
I've been with you such a long time. You're my sunshine and I want you to know that my feelings are true. I really love you. You're my best friend.
What will it take till you believe in me the way that I believe in you? I said I love you and that's forever, and this I promise from the heart. I couldn't love you any better. I love you just the way you are.
My love, you never need to doubt it. I'll make you so sure about it.
(The Beach Boys)
I know you're hurting and right now you feel like you could never love again. All I ask is a chance to prove that I love you. From the first day I saw your smiling face, I knew we would be together forever.
You are the apple of my eye, and forever you'll stay in my heart.
Remember the day I set you free? I told you, that you could always count on me. From that day on I made a vow I’ll be there when you want me. Because there ain't no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough, to keep me from getting to you.
And I will always love you.
As I looked at this loose collection of love thoughts, the Lord said, “This is my Valentine to all of you.” Surprised, I responded, “What are you saying, Lord? This is just a bunch of lyrics from pop and rock songs of the past.”
The Lord replied, “Love has a voice deep inside each of you, and whenever Love speaks, it contains My voice. Your need for love, your longing to love and to be loved are really expressions of your hunger for Me, for I am Love. Your love lyrics express not only what you feel for one another, but what I feel for you.”
Looking back over the lyrics, I saw them with new eyes, as Scriptures came to my awareness. The description of love (1 Corinthians 13:4–8), the greatness of God's love for us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8), the fact that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37–39; Ephesians 3:17–19), we are His friends (John 15:9–15) and He will never stop loving us (Jeremiah 31:3).
Love does have a voice that expresses itself within the heart of each of us. We cannot escape it, for we were created by Love, in Love’s image to love and be loved. He has given us this most profound blessing of all, sharing in the essence of His very nature!
Please join us this Sunday at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM as we continue with part 3 of our series on God's blessings. My sermon is, “How to Wear Your Blessing Well by Loving Others, Part II.”