1 John 4:8-10
Grandma, why do we give Valentines to each other?” The question sent me scurrying to find the answer. No use simply saying, “It is to show we love someone!” That would never satisfy the questing mind of this young lady!
We sat down on the rumpus room floor with books before us and began our search. We discovered, of course, that Valentine was a man and not a message of love. He was a young pagan priest in Rome during the reign of Claudius II. He hated the persecution the authorities had unleashed against the Christian community and he helped as many of these tortured people as he could, but he was found out and imprisoned.
During his imprisonment he was converted and became a Christian. He became a martyr, for he was clubbed to death on February 14, in the year 269 A.D. Actually, St. Valentine’s…
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