Two major events mark the month of February. One is the Super Bowl, the NFL’s biggest day. Whether you like or dislike the teams in the game, it’s still exciting to see just who will be the world champion of this popular sport — despite our disappointment as Chief’s fans. If nothing else, the commercials are often entertaining.
February is also the month for valentines. Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-exchanging holiday next to Christmas. Those valentines can proclaim some very special things to the very special people in our lives.There is one problem with valentines. Sometimes the expression of love in valentines feels shallow. Is it really love, or is a valentines simply an expression of the sentiment of the season?
Have you ever wondered whether God still loves you? If you do (and who doesn’t from time to time!) take heart! God is far greater than our feelings — and failures. God never wonders whether He should enter our lives and tell us His love. That’s because the Word of His love is the very “Word of Life” for us. “The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us” (1 John 1:2). That Word of life John proclaims is none other than our Lord Jesus. He came as both the Message and Messenger. Jesus came to tell us of the Father’s love even as He is the Father’s love — love so great He suffered, died and rose for us. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
There is no better feeling than knowing you are loved. In Jesus we know the greatest love of all. How great to know that this love is always with us — whether we feel it or not. How great to know God’s love has power to draw us into a wonderful new relationship with Him, and with each other. “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).
So, we come, young and old, whether we feel loved or not. We come, drawn by the love that forgives, renews and unites us as one. That’s the Church at its best. It is the fellowship of those who are united in God’s love to respond in love to Him and share that love with each other. That’s the best valentine of all. Give it to someone you love.
+Pastor Charlie Adams
Do you know someone who would like to know more about Jesus? ... the church? ...
What are Lutherans all about? How does Jesus influences our lives today? Invite them to join you in worship, and let them know I would be glad to talk with them, and if desired teach them the basics of the faith at a time convenient to them. Just give me call at 785-893-4387 any time.
Blessings to all for a grace filled New Year! +Pastor Charlie Adams