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The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Thoughts About Valentine’s Day

There is a story about a new couple in love. They were in a long-distance relationship and the girl at the last minute demanded that the man jump on the next plane to get to her in time for Valentine’s day. The man was terrified of flying and had never been on a plane before, so this was something of a test of his love. Well, he did it he booked the plane and with trembling hands got on the plane.

He was on a charter flight in a 3 engine Lockheed TriStar. They were about half-way into his flight when their pilot’s voice came over the intercom, "This is your captain speaking. Ladies and gentlemen I feel I ought to let you know that one of our three engines has failed. There is, of course, no need for alarm. This plane is entirely airworthy flying on two engines but I regret to say we will be one hour late in arriving in New York."

One half hour later, inevitably, with that desperate calm that is reserved by air pilots and astronauts for conditions of extreme emergency, the pilot of the TriStar spoke again: "This is your captain speaking. I regret that we have lost the second of our engines. But I would like to reassure you that we have every expectation of making a normal and safe landing at JFK Airport. We shall, however, be three hours late in arriving. If any of you would like to take this time to make some calls the cell phone restriction has been lifted for the remainder of the flight."

At this, the man called his girlfriend and said "My dear, I’m so sorry, I can’t keep my promise... we have lost two engines and we will be getting in three hours late, but that’s not the worst part... I’m afraid that if we lose this third engine I may be up here all night."

I think I may know that man. In fact, I may know several men who could be him.

Well, Valentine’s Day is coming on a Sunday this year. For my wife, Cheryl and I, the day has some significance. Our very first date was on Valentine’s Day to a banquet that the college we attended, Dallas Christian College, had for students and faculty. It was a lovely evening and I knew then, this would be a long-term relationship. I guess so; the following December we were married and this past December made 44 years. Three years ago Valentine’s Day met with some further significance, especially for Cheryl. I bought her flowers that day and brought them to her at Plains Regional Medical Center where, that evening, Dr. David Stalker performed major abdominal surgery on her. We praise God that she did well and has not had that problem since.

I don’t know how important this day is to you and your significant other, but a day devoted to love, particularly romantic love, can’t be all bad. For some who have lost their significant other, it can be difficult, like most holidays, birthdays and anniversary. For people who are not connected in a romantic relationship it can be just like any other day or worse, it can be a depressing reminder of that fact.

However, it is a good time for all of us to remember that each of us is loved dearly by God in heaven and his precious Son Jesus Christ. Such love should remind us of the love we get from other brothers and sisters in Christ. Romantic love can be fickle, but God’s AGAPE’ Love is unending.

Jesus once said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:12-14)

It was God’s love that sent his only Son Jesus to die for yours and my sins on the cross. His love for you is the most powerful force in the universe. He never stops loving you no matter what you have done.

Valentine’s is a big day for the flower, jewelry, candy and card industries. My wife and I will sometimes go into the card department in stores that have such things and look through the Valentine Cards then say, “If I were to spend the money, here’s the card I’d get you.” It’s kind of fun and very cheap.

However, it is also a good day to remember the love God has for us and to share his love with others. This Sunday we will look at the love and covenant friendship of two men who were like brothers, only better. They are Jonathan and David. Join us as we continue our sermon series, WHEN GOD BUILD’S A KING, How a lowly shepherd became a great king. This week’s message is Friends Forever, based on 1 Samuel 20. I hope you will join us.

Sharing God’s Love,


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