A few years ago, when I was a teenager, I got a job at the local grocery store. Valentine’s Day was approaching, and my mother’s birthday was the next day. I purchased a box of candy in the shape of a heart. On the cover were a flower and a baby doll. I wrapped up my gift so I could present it to my mom, with two cards.

Valentine’s Day came and I told mom her gift from me was to cover both days. She opened the cards first and then the present. After opening it she sat there for a few minutes. At first I thought she hated it. But that was not the case. With tears in her eyes she hugged me and thanked me. She told me a secret. She had never had a doll, even as a child. That doll sat on her dresser for many years.

Even the smallest expression of love can make a lifetime of joy. The Word of God tells us that it’s okay to say you love someone. It’s more important to show them that you love them (I John 3:18).

For God so loved the world that he gave. What did the Lord give to the world? He gave us his only son that whosoever believed in him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The Lord Jesus Christ brought to us salvation because of his love for his creation.

There are so many today that do not share this emotion. They only believe that saying you love someone is only a means to gain something. They mistake love for lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life (I John 2:16).

The love I shared with my mom was true. Several years later I bought my mother-in-law a doll also. Real love is shared. Real love has no measure. Real love came from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus tells us, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Many men and women have sacrificed their life so that we live in the freedom we have here in America.

This Valentine’s Day, remember our nation, and the men and women that serve and sacrifice so much. Remember your loved ones and hold them close so they will never forget what they have been taught. Remember each other. As a nation we are only as strong as our love for one another.

Remember that I am praying for you, our nation and Israel. Have a happy and blessed Valentine’s Day.

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