KATHIE’S KORNER — Valentine’s Day is about giving, receiving love

Published 12:01 am Saturday, February 5, 2022

Valentine’s Day was originally a Christian feast day honoring St. Valentine, later becoming a religious, cultural and commercial celebration of romance and love in some parts of the world on February 14th called St. Valentine’s Day or Feast of

St. Valentine.

People send greeting cards and gifts, including dating and church services.

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Early tradition writes that Saint Valentine restored the sight of the blind

daughter of his jailer after being in prison for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.

The jailer’s daughter signed a letter to him, “Your Valentine” before he was executed. Wow … Saint Valentine also performed weddings for Christian soldiers who were forbidden to marry.

I salute Saint Valentine for supporting Christianity at a critical time in history.

Some of the Asian countries tend to spend lots of money for gifts on that day. Japan is involved in a lot of chocolate factories and packaging methods to promote the sales of many different items.

In America, 190 million cards are sent each year, not including the hundreds of

millions of cards school children exchange, as well as small candies with loving

messages on each one, and chocolate hearts and flowers.

My daddy used to give my mom and I gifts. One I will not forget was a beautiful doll

with a white satin dress with red hearts all over it to add to my doll collection.

Then my dear, thoughtful husband, Mike, continuing this fun tradition, gave me

a beautiful necklace that first Valentine’s Day when we started dating.

There is a lot of economic activity in some parts of the world, while some countries and religions shun the whole idea of “public love.” Young people in all cultures like this celebration, whereas the conservative older generations are against all public expressions of love!

It is a sweet, positive day, so enjoy. It goes along with a powerful love for God

that He gives us, freely and liberally to give and gather more people into the

kingdom and on to heaven.

Give your heart to Him and live, peacefully, forever.

 

Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at kathiedeasy@hotmail.com.