Those of you who are part of my prayer community have read my prayers which often touch on love–giving it, receiving it, sharing it, and knowing what it is.
It is hard to imagine a life truly lived without it. One cannot stress enough the importance of love and the harm to every person who does not receive it, especially at critical times; times I call Prayerful Passages. When death, loss, tragedy, or illness strikes. We need love then more than ever.
You and I have spent a lifetime learning what love is. It is in you and me. It magnificently shines from the lips and hugs and the little things children do. It happens when we pass it on to others. Pay for the coffee for the next car in line at Starbucks. Make donations of clothing at Goodwill. Write a personal letter of condolence to one who has lost a loved one or pet. Just like God’s love, the number of things you and I can do to show our love to another is without limit.
One day my heart and yours will stop beating. But, our loving acts live forever in those we leave behind. Gifts of love are seeds of God’s love that grow in the hearts of others, generation after generation.
On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love. We give love and receive it too. From school children giving cards and candy hearts which say, “I love you,” or to a special dinner, cocktail, flowers, and a box of chocolate to our special Valentine.
My Valentine card to you today is my song, “What Is Love.” My deepest praise to Stephanie Jones, lead vocalist, Brian Carrion, guitarist and accompanying vocalist, and to Brad Burks of Austin who added the lyrics and graphics to the video. Click here for the YouTube video.
On Valentine’s Day, I will be with my Valentine for life, my wife Dorothy. Dorothy means “gift from God.” Thanks to God and to Dorothy I know what love truly is. I get to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all year long.
God has spoken to us in Scripture about receiving and sharing love.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Let us pray together.
Dear God, in prayer may I see all the gifts of Your love You have given me.
God, may I be forever thankful for receiving Your love directly from You and from others in my life.
God, please help me to honor and serve You by sharing my love, compassion, and care with others.
God, may I strive to love others on ordinary days and not just on Valentine’s Day or special occasions. For You love me because I am special to You every day of my life and one day in Heaven. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 145-lawyer full-service firm in Houston, Dallas, and Waco, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur, and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.