Charlie Brown Valentines
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Poor ol' Charlie Brown; staring into his mailbox on Valentine's Day, hoping to find a Valentine. He never does. And when he yells "hello" into the mailbox, the only answer he gets back is his own echo. "Happy Valentine's Day!" Man, that's an oxymoron for Charlie, and for lots of real-life folks.
Like our friend Holly, for example, when she went through her first Valentine's Day a while back without Jack. It all happened so fast. He got the headaches, and then there was the emergency flight to better medical facilities, the hospital vigil and the final goodbyes. And that first morning of waking up and realizing your status has suddenly changed to "widow."
Three times in my life I have come painfully close to losing my lifetime love. Thank God, He's given her back to me each time. But the undeniable reality is that some day one of us will be gone and the other one left. Cherish each day, Ron.
No doubt Valentine's Day is special and romantic for lots of people. Just ask the local florist. And at that point, even Mr. "Nomance" at least coughs up some coins for a card or some candy. Maybe even a candlelight dinner at McDonald's.
But for too many, a holiday about love is a taunting reminder that there's no one there to send you a Valentine. Maybe because they're gone, maybe because they left, or maybe because there just isn't anyone at this point.
ross. But He went the distance. Because there was no other way I could ever know God; no way I could ever escape the hellish penalty for hijacking my life from God. And no other way I could be with Him in His heaven forever.
In the greatest act of love in human history, the Bible says, "He carried our sins in His own body on the tree" (1 Peter 2:24). He didn't deserve that cross. I didn't deserve to have God's Son dying in my place. But He did. Then, three days later, He walked out of His grave. And when I invited Him, He walked into my life and He will never walk out.
This may be the love you've spent your whole life looking for. This could be the day you experience that love for yourself. You open up to Him and say, "Jesus, I'm Yours." I want to invite you to join me at our website as soon as you can get to it today and find out how you can be sure you belong to Jesus yourself. YoursForLife.net. Please join me there.
There is an unloseable love, but only one. A love that will never desert you, never divorce you, never die on you. His name is Jesus.
© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.