a valentine for you . . . just you . . .

I remember spending hours as a fifth grader sorting through those little packs of Valentine cards, choosing just the right one for a special class mate. It was a long, arduous process.  I had to make sure the card said precisely what it should say to the exact person.  You know. I had to make sure a little boy wouldn’t get the wrong message!!

Then the next morning I was so excited as I dropped the finished cards into a decorated box in my classroom. And waited for all the cards I would receive.

It seems now there is a battle raging in some states to ban such a silly, needless, costly tradition.  After all, it might hurt someone’s feelings if they happened to get a ‘not so special card’ or perhaps, they might not get many.

Memories of that long ago celebration of specialness bring smiles.  I guess I was never traumatized by not getting less than someone or not receiving the prettiest ones. My small decorated paper bag was full and that made me happy.

Today, Valentine’s Day is marketing madness.    (click. . .on Valentine’s

I have a Valentine for you this year.   If this day is one of giving joy and appreciation for a special someone, then let’s imagine that Jesus has given us the greatest Valentine imaginable. Everyone is included; no one is left out.  You and I are the most important person to Him. . .

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For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son. . .John 3:16

Tonight on this eve of acknowledging those special, lovely people in my life, I am thinking of YOU.  My blog readers are either incredible, love filled memories of my past or lovely present moments of today, and I am grateful for you. I wish for you, first, a day of celebrating the love of the Savior,  and then a time of smiling at how thankful I am for you in my life.

About oct17

The little girl in me loves bird watching, butterflies, sunrises, sunsets, walks in the rain; the adult I am enjoys the same. I sense God's awesomeness in all of life--what wonder there is in slicing a leek or cutting open a pomegranate. I have many favorite things--a formation of Canadian geese flying overhead, the giggles of my grand daughters, the first ripe watermelon in summer, snowflakes on my face--these gifts from my heavenly Father delight me continually.
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4 Responses to a valentine for you . . . just you . . .

  1. Cindy says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you dear Sister. I am so grateful that we both know the Savior! May He continue to bless this blog.


  2. Glenda Ferguson says:

    Yesterday we were thinking along the same things in the excitement we had back in time as we to also enjoyed giving and getting Valentine cards at school with our school mates. As I picked up cards for our two little grans, I wondered if they would be doing this same thing we did so many years ago exchanging cards and the heart candies with the sweet messages on each. I wish the world today had more love for one another and looked to our Savior for the blessings of each day.
    I love you my sister in Christ and I’m sure glad you and Tom are back with us.


  3. Joan Hester says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you. I am blessed. I had a stroke last Monday. In the hospital for four days and nights. No residual effects. Just very tired.


  4. prokopmj says:

    Thanks Barb. Such warm thoughts of my own Valentine‘s Days as a child came back to my mind. How nice to reminisce with you. Yes, so true: love is shaped like a cross. So good to keep ourselves in his love each day. Thanks for this reminder!
    Much love from Vienna!
    Mary and Rob


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