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The Heart of St. Valentine

heart-of-st-valentine2There’s a lot on my mind about this special day…

It’s special for me in multitudes of ways…

I remember my mother on this day. Once, when we were celebrating my birthday, she told me that when she was carrying me she hoped that I would be born on St. Valentine’s Day. Alas, God had other plans; I was born shy of that date. But that did not discourage my mother. When I was confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church at age 12, it was the custom for confirmands to take the name of a saint and martyr of the faith. My mother encouraged me to take the name Valentina, a feminine variant for St. Valentine. Being the obliging child that I was, I saw no problem with this, and took the name gladly…

I had very little knowledge, and less understanding at the time, of the true life and joy of St. Valentine…

Another way that this day is special to me is that I have another opportunity to bless my husband of 48 years with extra gestures of love and gratitude. So very thankful to God for giving me a man who loves me and makes me a better woman than I would be on my own…

In recent years, I’ve come to be more aware of who this man Valentine is. He was so committed to upholding Christian marriage that he prepared couples for their covenant vows and consecrated their commitment in a day when it was dangerous for the Church to do so…


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And now, in my senior years, I understand more of the heart of a man who desired to leave the legacy of a love that can never be shaken or lost; this love can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. While Valentine was committed to preserving Christian marriage in the face of the emperor’s military recruitment agenda, he did so knowing that such a sacred bond was the type for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church. And he was bold to speak out for the love of Messiah Jesus…

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There is another thought that I want to express to all the dear ones who read this blog–all the ones who are not married. If you are in Christ, this day is a special day to remember His love for you and to pass the message of Messiah Jesus on to others. Because this is the heart of St. Valentine…

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And as one who has been confirmed in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, having taken the name of this witness for my Lord and King,  here is my prayer for you on this commemoration of the life and ministry of St. Valentine…

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…for such a time as this…

The Resolution that Never Expires…

…No matter what time of year it is…

…the song of my Heart’s Desire…

What Can I Give the Lord Jesus?

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

 I am writing this on a fairly mild evening here in our metro DC area. God has been abundantly kind to us thus far this season as far as the weather goes. The mercies of milder weather make recovering from some strain of the flu which my vaccine did not cover a little less dismal. Praying you are not having to deal with the same health problems…

The highlights of our year have been the extravagant grace and mercies of God in all our experiences—the pleasant and the painful—quite exotic, actually. I’m writing stream of conscious as I relate to you what we have experienced this year. We both have enjoyed the eyesight to behold the beauty of the earth in creation—even in its fallen condition for the moment and eyesight to behold it. Each season previous to this one has yielded its own kind of beauty, from springtime blossoms to autumn gold; and we are blessed to be living in a particularly lovely area of the country. Our neighborhood is a perfect place for daily walks, sheltered and scenic—an oasis in an urbanized suburb. I have retained my hearing to enjoy the sounds of birdsong high in the oaks in our neighborhood even as late as early December. Edward has lost a major portion of his hearing, so his ability to train his ears to hear birds is challenged. Every now and then, however, he picks it up—especially if we are sitting on the patio on a summer evening before sundown when all the birds are having their last songfest before nightfall. I would say that having a relative degree of good health in our golden years is a great blessing. To be sure, it’s not nearly the health we formerly enjoyed; we have our treasures in earthen vessels, and our vessels are aging as would be expected. When we were younger, and when we watched our parents age and our elder siblings age, we knew one day we would most likely experience similar losses of vigor. Still, when it comes, it is natural to think more of the losses and grieve instead of looking to what God is giving in return and give thanks… With these kinds of limitations, I was wondering what is left for me to give in the years remaining… There are lots of Christmas carols with words that speak of bringing gifts to the Lord Jesus, but I found there is a song that more accurately sings of my Christmas devotion

Edward and I have been together for 45 years; and Edward celebrated his 75th birthday in November. I will be 67 in January, and have chronic weaknesses which not only keep me from being more obnoxious than I am already, but which tend to age me closer to Ed’s chronological and physical age. We do a lot of looking out for each other; thankfully, God has seen fit to protect us from both being unusually afflicted with something at the same time. We walk more slowly, we move more carefully, we think more carefully, we speak more carefully, we expect less of the world, trust God more, and value life and love more. We are thankful for another year of:

  • freedom from oppression; protection from dangers; safety and blessings when we come in and when we go out…
  • comforts of home and sufficient funds to cover ordinary and some unexpected expenditures…
  • daily joys of our covenant love as we age together and sufficient strength and abundant grace to accomplish what we need to do each day to stay clean, nourished, alert, engaged, informed, prayerful, thankful, compassionate, and human…
  • new connections with family we have missed, long-time friends, new friends, hugs and many kindnesses extended to us, gatherings of friends for shared hope, faith and activities…
  • the gifts of laughter and tears and prayers and music and courage and healing…
  • the Word of God for counsel, correction, comfort, assurance; the presence of God and the still, small voice of His Spirit to direct and counsel…
  • the experience of being changed more from glory to glory—another year closer to Messiah’s return…

In the meantime, we send our blessings to you. Have a lovely Christmas with all your family and friends.

Thanksgiving Blessings!

Thanksgiving Blessings art2Remember and thank God for the Puritan pilgrims who brought the Word of God to our shores. They sacrificed their comforts, their friendships, and their livelihoods to protest the deception and corruption of the Word of God in their homelands. They suffered ridicule, betrayal, poverty, illness, and great hardships to live in the Truth of God’s Word, and to pass it on to their children and to the inhabitants of this strange land…

And they were washed up on these rocky and inhospitable shores carrying the Truth of God’s Word with them not only for themselves but also for the generations which were to spring forth from their own lives… They carried the Truth because others for centuries before them carried it, lived it, and died for it… They did all this because the Word of God is the Truth.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

–Hebrews 11.13,32-40

Being with family at a table brimming with food is a blessing, to be sure; and I do thank God for the abundant mercies poured out on us, when I know others are enduring unspeakable hardships–many without the hope of Messiah to sustain and guide through the waters of affliction…

I am so thankful to God for His grace to pass the Truth on to me through the courage and faith of the saints. I have all of the Older Covenant saintsThe Truth and the New Covenant saints to thank for their record of the Truth. I have their perseverance recorded on the pages of history to encourage my heart in times like these…

This is my feasting and my chief delight on this national day of Thanksgiving…

Jesus is Lord!

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