Some thoughts from our curate……

After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?”

“You’ll know tonight,” he said with a cheeky smile.

That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it – to find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams”!

I wonder what Valentine’s day means for you? More importantly what is Love?

Are you a romantic partner who loves any excuse to shower gifts on the person you love? Maybe your someone who sees this day as a commercial rip off, designed only to remind and assist unimaginative partners who buy out of duty rather than love.

Is this what Love has become?

As a curate (trainee Vicar) here at Christ Church I am reminded that God is love and it is here that I should first love. John 3:16 reminds us how God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son” Jesus.

Personally, and I am romantic but I dislike what Valentine’s day has become. I also see the pain it causes for those who have lost loved ones or who are single but desire not to be. Love reduced to be unimaginative and somehow sterile. Surely love is more than this?

The book of Corinthians reminds us that If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

It says If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

It says If I give everything I own to the poor, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.

Whatever you think about Valentine’s day this year just remember that you are loved. Not because of what you say or what you do. Not because of what you do not say or what you do not do. You are loved simply because of who God is. God is love.

We will be exploring themes like this through this year. If you would like details on this and other themes do contact me.

Revd. Mark James