True Valentine

February 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day is associated with overpriced flowers and overcaloried chocolates. But it’s supposed to be a day of true love and sacrifice, something that the original Saint Valentine (the third century bishop who was martyred for his faith in Jesus) would’ve been pleased to see from heaven. But alas, somehow it’s become a season of sensual longings and hopeless romantics, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year! If Saint Valentine had a blogsite in heaven, he must be ranting over all the muck that’s been made of his name.

For the past three years, we at Waypoint Community Church, have made February 14 a Day of Compassion where we reach out to those who need love the most. This year, over 100 volunteers from our church went in groups to visit homeless shelters, a transition home for fatherless families, and a nursing home where elderly longingly look forward to visitors, just any visitor. We gave them gifts, sang songs with them, played games together, talked with them, prayed for them, and shared Jesus’ love through it all. It was a night that would have made Saint Valentine smile…

As I reflect on this wonderful tradition in the life of our church, I can’t help but to see our mission statement being lived out: To be a community of Christ-followers who honor God passionately, love each other deeply, and engage the world lovingly. This is the way the church should be reclaiming what true love ought to be, transforming today’s culture with the love and truth of Jesus Christ lived out. I’m reminded of what Bill Hybels often says when churches are shining brightly, “There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.” Amen to that!

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