The magic of love

The earliest accounts about the origins of Valentine’s Day point to a single priest, who was arrested and imprisoned. After being caught helping Christians, who were being prosecuted by emperor Claudius 11, also known as Claudius Gothicus in Rome. Helping Christians in those days was a crime.

The name of the priest was Valentinus or Valentine. According to the account in the Nuremberg Chronicle dated 1493. Claudius took a liking to the prisoner until Valentinus tried to convert the Emperor. The priest was then condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned. When that didn’t kill him, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian  Gate, on February fourteenth.

The feast of Saint Valentine was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius 1, who included Valentine among those “whose names are justly reverenced  among men, but whose acts are known only to God.” As Gelasius implied nothing was known, even then, about the lives of many of these martyrs.

One legend about Valentine says that he restored sight and hearing to the disabled daughter of the jailer. Whom he had befriended, and led to Christ before he was beheaded.

It is also said that he left a note on the day of his death, signed, “From your Valentine.”

Whether these two accounts are true or, as some say, merely sentimental legend it is unimportant. What matters is that we make the most of this special day of the year to advance the Great Commission. While the day has become associated with romantic love, it was born from agape love. Agape, meaning the love of Christ. Which transforms ordinary people into giants for the cause of Christ. (source:The Pocket Testament League-with modifications this writer)

In a way they become the stuff of the Studs Terkel, who said at age 95. “Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things. That’s what life is all about. They count most!” Studs Terkle was a prize winning author and radio personality. Who died at the age of 96, on 16 May 2008.

And then, we have the magnificence of the thoughts of Helen Keller, 1880-1968, who became the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. And said, “The world is not only moved by the mighty pushes of the heroes, but by the separate pushes by honest people.”

So enjoy the day, and be sure to extend your love in ways unique and meaningful to you. But remember its origins and the fallen heroes, who made the ultimate sacrifice of love for others. Which includes, Christ our Redeemer, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of love.

Mom’s dearest wish

Abigail Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, the nations sixth President, and son the nations second President, John Adams.

Expressed the following sentiments, “What is it that affectionate parents require of their children; for all their care, anxiety, and toil on their accounts? Only that they would be wise and virtuous, Benevolent and and kind,” Abigail Adams, 1783.

Mom’s dearest wish helped along:”Hear o Israel: The LORD our God, LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words, which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and you rise up. You shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them upon the doorposts of your house, and on your gates,” Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

What is are frontlets? In biblical times an ornamental cloth hanging over the upper part of the altar. Later a piece of apparel worn on the forehead by people. In ancient wars a harness placed on the head of a horse. A frontlet is a identification mark that is meant to make a statement.

Such marks can declare individuality or collectiveness as one. Reaching us today in so many different ways. The point being, what fronlet distinguishes us! If one wears a cross, it should be a declaration of oneness with Christ. A very silent way of announcing to a lost world, “You must be born again.”

Bumper stickers are fronlets, as are coded sticky notes.

Here’s a beauty, especially for parents engaged in the challenge of parenting, patience’s. Here’s a biblical definition, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance,” Romans 8:25. Later in this discussion, you’ll see that it was the lesson that Mary and Joseph learned.

Parenting is challengingly, specially if the kid is a bit unusual. But persevere because within that unusualness, if the child is allowed to bloom may come accomplishments unimaginable. “And the child grew, and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. … And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And as they had fulfilled the days as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother new not of it. But they supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances. And they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers both hearing them and asking questions. And all that heard him were amazed at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Son, “Why have you thus dealt with us? Behold! Your father and I have sought you sorrowing.” And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Know you not that I must be about my Father’s business?” And they understood not the saying which he spoke to them,” Luke 2:40-50.

Because in the end, all parents, like Abigail want the same ending.

Origin of life forms human and otherwise

In a state of nothingness as a being when God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” To eventually be given far sweeping authority as God’s universal gardeners. Still beings of nothingness when created in his own image as male and female. Blessed by God they would be sent forth to be fruitful multipliers of their own species through out the entire world. God’s forepeople over every living creature that had life. Refuting, and canceling any all arguments to the contrary.

And when awakened by God, sometime later, he would show them that he had prepared for them a global menu of sumptuous foods. Rather pleased with himself, he sanctified the next day, as a day of rest. (Texts:Genesis 1-2:3).

Later, God announced for a global community that what would emerge through the aforementioned. Was a history of his creation for the betterment and enjoyability of a human species yet to be born.

Up to this point the promised plants and herbs were not available yet. Because God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. May God be praised and worshiped for the beauty and majesty of his creation. (Texts:Genesis 2:4-6).

An unimaginable accomplishment for the human psyche occurred when the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and he became a living being. Just think how intricate the human body is and God brought the male species to life instantly. No less phenomenal was the creation of the female species. Done because God didn’t want his male creation to be alone. So God decided that it wasn’t good for man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper comparable to him. Then the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed the flesh in its place. Then the rib which which the LORD God had taken from man he made into a woman, and brought her to the man. Text:Genesis 2:7).

And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” No doubt Adam didn’t have the slightest clue about what he was ordaining as the law of God. He most likely wondered about this father mother relationship because it wasn’t apart of life experience. Nor most likely, did he understand the oneness of two people that he sanctioned as one person. How could he because it still isn’t understood. (Texts:Genesis 2:23-24).

Jesus then asked; and then reiterated the sacredness of that union in Matthew 19:4-5, and added a caveat to the oneness of husband and wife, when he said, “So then they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together let no man separate.” (Text:Matthew 19:6). Thereby putting the world on notice that the only acceptable marriage is that between a man and a woman. And that separating the sacredness of that union, is a dangerous act of defiance and it’s called adultery.

And from that sacred union unto them would be born sacred gifts, as sung by the Psalmist, “Behold children are a heritage from the LORD. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of ones youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” (Texts 127:3-5). Bringing comfort, trust, strength and reliability to the family. Because troubles are the enemies within the gate of the family.