Dear TLS Community,
God’s love is no secret
Last week, two events appeared on our calendars on the same date February 14th: Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. I have not investigated the probability of that happening. Maybe someone out there might be able to tell me, but it made me think about the significance of both days.
In my teenage years, Valentine’s Day was a pretty big deal but in a rather different way than today. It was a day to send a romantic and/or funny card to someone you liked – but you never signed your name! My friends and I would choose the cards we wanted to send. We would carefully disguise our hand writing so the boy receiving the card could not work out who it came from. Receiving such a card would mean you would spend hours wondering who might have sent it – trying to identify the hand writing; or decipher the post mark on the envelope. You always had in mind who you hoped might have been the sender, but you were never quite sure.
Thinking about this tradition of secret love made me realise how blessed we are that God has not kept His love for us secret nor has He hidden the name of the person He used to bring us His love.
Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent, reminds us that God’s love has been shown to us in the most open manner through Jesus. As we prepare for Easter during the time of Lent, we have opportunities to reflect on the life of Jesus and how during His time on earth He showed compassion, mercy and love to all those He met. We can follow Him on His final journey to Jerusalem and the cross to see the ultimate sacrifice He made – because of His unending love for us.
We don’t have to spend hours, days or years trying to work out if God loves us. We don’t have to try to decipher the handwriting. God tells us very clearly in the Bible that He loves us, He sent His son to die for us and because Jesus rose again, we can be with Him forever in heaven.
It is the best Valentine’s message of love ever – to know that we are loved unconditionally by our Father in heaven and that He sent His son to die and rise for us.
This Lenten season, I pray that you will be reminded of how much God loves you.
And by the way – my husband rarely gives me a Valentine card or flowers. Our love is no secret. He says that if I receive such a gift, He knows that I have a secret love somewhere!!!
God’s richest blessings,
Year 6/7 teacher.