The Love of God (Happy Valentine's Day!)

Ah, Valentine's Day! I must admit that I have always liked Valentine's Day; some single people can get somewhat bitter whenever anything related to Valentine's Day is mentioned, but that was never me. Even before I met Derek I enjoyed the flowers, hearts, candy, and general theme of love surrounding Valentine's Day. I will say that I did experience that little twinge of sadness at not having a special someone to share the holiday with, but I could enjoy the thought of the day anyway. Even though I used to wish for a boyfriend to bring me flowers and chocolate, the Lord knows better than me! I'm so glad that the first Valentine's Day I ever spent with a guy was with my then fiance, Derek, and now I wouldn't have it any other way.

My first Valentine's Day with someone ever was last year. Derek and I had just gotten engaged the December before, and I was still in dental hgyiene school. Derek showed up at my school and brought me flowers and a white teddy bear! My classmates were very impressed! He also bought me chocolate. Then we went out to a nice dinner and saw a movie. It was a great first Valentine's with Derek!

This year has the potential to be an even better Valentine's Day, because Derek and I have been saving our Christmas money and any extra money we could scrape up, and this weekend we're going on a trip to Estes Park! We got a great deal on the hotel; we're staying in a suite! I'm very excited to get away and spend a whole weekend with just Derek and me! We're planning on going to a nice restaurant on the 14th, and we'll see what else we'll end up doing. Estes Park has alot of cute little shops and restaurants, and we're planning on taking an Old Day picture too! And Derek also has next Monday off work, so I took it off as well, and we may stay clear through Monday or go somewhere else, but we'll be able to spend all of Monday together too. I'm super excited!

I would say that my definition of Valentine's Day has stayed the same even though my circumstances have now changed. I think the reason that I used to be able to enjoy Valentine's Day even without a guy was that I always thought of Valentine's Day as a day to focus on love in general. Not just romantic love, but also family love, friendship love, and most importantly, God's love for us. I had so much fun making Valentine's cards for all of my family members and friends, daydreaming about the day that I would get to spend a Valentine's Day with my future husband, and thinking about how Jesus died because He loves me. In reality God gave us romantic love, family love, and friendship love because He loves us! Since all forms of love spring form God's love for us, I wanted to post this hymn by Frederick M. Lehman to remind us of the expanse of that love! Let's remember to thank Him for it this Valentine's Day.

The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God!" 1 John 3:1A
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Amber said...

So glad you guys are able to take a trip! I hope it's the great time away and relaxation you both need! Have fun and Happy Valentine's Day!

Brittney Galloway said...

I hope you have a great trip and a relaxing weekend! Happy Valentines Day!

Callie said...

Thanks guys! You both have a great Valentine's day with your hubbys too! :o)

OlyviaNoel said...

Sweet post :) I hope your weekend getaway was wonderful! I look forward to hearing about it!

AmyK said...

I... love... that song!!

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