February 14, Valentine’s Day
Will you be mine?
“It is not good for the man to be alone,” said God on the sixth day of creation. He proceeded to create a second gender, made also in his image and likeness. Eve’s creation day was also her wedding day. Mindful of Satan’s relentless sexual temptations, St. Paul advised that everyone should have a spouse.
In the Middle Ages, respect for the blessed virgin Mary grew to such an extent that perpetual chastity was thought to represent a higher form of existence than marriage. Cloisters and monasteries filled up with earnest men and women for whom romance and marriage were now forbidden.
But romance, love, and sexual desire were all designed by God. Within the bounds that he set up, they are beautiful and holy. King Solomon wrote a musical, the Song of Songs, about the joys and passions of romantic love. Although there was no way to preserve the musical notation, the surviving libretto in Scripture shows God’s approval of and sanctification of the love between a man and woman. “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves”(Song of Songs 1:15).
I hope that you get at least one Valentine’s Day card today. May this day remind you of romantic days in your past, and may the Lord grant you some sweet romantic days in your future.
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