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St. Valentine blesses an epileptic.

 Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it keeps no record of wrongs, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always preservers, love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

Here in the 21st century walking through the stores and watching TV commercials, we might assume that Valentine’s Day was created by the stores or greeting card companies, but my search shows that it began somewhere near A.D. 498. It was actually a church-sanctioned holiday. Pope Gelasius decreed Feb. 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. The actual beginning is a little fuzzy, a little tangled. I found that there is very clear documentation of the celebration’s history. I found several tangled suggested beginnings, but the one that appealed to me goes like this, in the short version:

Back in A.D. 270 Emperor Claudius II had a priest named Valentine arrested and jailed for performing marriages on the Roman battlefield, because the emperor thought it was too great a distraction to his men. During Valentine’s incarceration he met the jailer’s blind daughter and is given credit for restoring her sight. On his last night before his morning execution he gave the young lady a hand written card signed, “Your Valentine.”

It just goes to show, we can demonstrate biblical love right up to our final moments, those lasting moments!

 

Maj. Dave Davis ministers with the Salvation Army Kodiak Corps.

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