I received my first love letter in grade one – a penciled note that said For my Melanie. I think my mother put it in a photo album somewhere. I can’t remember if it was a Valentine’s note, or how long we were boyfriend and girlfriend, or if I was even excited about it.
In high school, a boy I didn’t know gave me a rose and a letter written in French. I had to ask the French teacher to help me translate it. Awkward.
When we first dated, my husband interrupted a lecture I was attending to deliver my Valentine’s gift. It being the drama department, the lecturer waved him in. I can’t say I decided then and there that I was going to marry him, but I was impressed by the grand romantic gesture. Our love story ended up taking a rather bumpy path before God brought us back together.
Romance is good, but I don’t want romantic love to be the first thing my daughters think of when they hear the word love. I don’t want Valentine’s Day to be about gifts from admirers or boyfriends or who got the most love letters. I want my daughters to understand that the best kind of love is the love God has for us.
Every year, the girls make Valentine’s cards for their father. He buys them gifts too, because they’re his princesses. Even if they never receive a Valentine from a boy, they will always be Daddy’s Valentine.
This year, I wanted to do more with the girls, to help them see what love really is. So I put together a five-day devotional which I’ll be sharing with you over the course of the week. It starts off with God’s love for us, how big that love is, then moves on to how we are called to love God and others, and what the ultimate expression of love is.
At the end of the week, I will post a file containing the entire study that you will be able to download if you wish. Although the devotional is written as a study to be done with your children, the message is just as relevant for you. My prayer is that you will open your eyes to God’s amazing love for you, and that you will allow that love to fill you and overflow from your heart.
God’s Valentine, His gift of love to the world, His Son, is the only Valentine worth receiving.