February 2018  
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Happy February everyone!  This month we have great opportunities to celebrate LOVE!  Although Valentine’s Day is a secular holiday it is still a reminder of how we all need to express our love for one another. How do we express our love for God?  As I contemplate my love for God, I wonder if what I do expresses how deeply I love God.  God is love, God created all we perceive and feel, and God gave us the example of absolute love in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I remember when I was a child my mother had a string of pearls she wore on special occasions, I knew my Dad had given her those pearls as a celebration of their love while they were living in Japan.  When I was a teenager, someone broke into our home and stole a lot of things, nothing terribly large like a television but small things which meant so much to each of us, including my mother’s pearls.  Of course my father was very upset and asked if my mother wanted him to buy her another pearl necklace, after all they were much better off now than when he was an enlisted man in the Army.  He could buy her a much more expensive necklace to replace the one stolen from our home.  She said no.  It would not be the same, but she still felt the love expressed when he first gave her those pearls and that cannot be taken away.  I tell this story to remind us all that love does not diminish, especially the love God has for each of us.  The gift given can never fully express the emotion felt, remember that when you hear the words, “God gave his only son” to reconcile us.  Jesus is God’s valentine to all of humanity and what we give in return is our worship and love.

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Here Jesus is telling us to put our treasure into what we love: the very essence of what a Valentine is supposed to be.  A gift: to show where our heart is and how much we care about what we love.

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.   But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.   They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44)

This scripture spoke to me because it reminds me again of how we are to give and receive.  There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love, God already loves us.  God sees us as we are and accepts our gift of love knowing what we are doing is done not from our plenty but from our hearts.  If we can remember all those little gifts we have received throughout our lives, even if they are no longer in our possession, we know how much we are loved.  If we can recall those little things, let us never forget God’s gift to us, so that we may grow in love for one another and build each other up to the glory of God! 

I encourage you to reflect on what you love and where your heart is.  Have a blessed February and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pastor Donnie Holt

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