I always think of Saint Valentine in prison. Loving Christ enough to be there.
The young people at work told me on the 14th that they were looking forward to today . . . Chocolate Day! Ha ha I had completely forgotten about 1/2 price candy the day after. That really made me smile; their eager expectation.
For my personal Valentine's Day, all day on the 14th, I kept in mind the praise chorus we used to sing as fired-up-for-Jesus 20-somethings. It is from Song of Solomon. I don't ever, I never!, hear it anymore. Which is sad. But it had a lot of play time in my head on the 14th!
"I'm sitting at His banqueting table;
His banner over me is love"
Who remembers that with me?
"I am my Beloved's and He is mine;
His banner over me is love!"
As young people we were taught what that meant - the banqueting table, the banner, and what it meant to be invited to the King's table.
So I was under a banner all day on the 14th. The King's Banner, of love.
My previous blog was the first one in a long time as I've been gone from SP for a long time. And in it I wrote, "As far obesity & SP, . . . I'm praying for the energy and courage and [the] WANT TO, to start over again."
So yes I have been asking the Holy Spirit to help me in this regard (the want to, to start losing again) among other issues. And He put someone in my path that I see semi-regularly, who has lost 78lbs and looks absolutely fantastic. It was such a shock, but a wonderful shock, to see her and what she looks like now. Definitely inspirational. You know how many in the Midwest and North are snowed under and had 80 degrees below? Well, a day and a half later after those headlines, here in my neighborhood we had 65 degrees and pink trees. So this lady I see semi-regularly, had slim-fitting clothes on, with no layers, and with no coat, because it was so warm here. So I could NOT believe my eyes, how good she looked! Definitely inspirational. She also talked about what a difference it made physically; all her aches and pains went away. Yesterday I saw her again, so I asked if it was Weight Watchers? She said no, just eating healthy all the time. Wow.
I also read a Grisham (fiction) book who incidentally had a character in it, a man, who lost a lot of weight, who said, "Losing weight is all between the ears." Hmmm. More food for thought.
How we dress up Valentine's Day. We don't picture Saint Valentine's prison. Was he thinking about the banqueting table while he was in prison?
It's a great holiday to teach children the love of God. And to remind ourselves of the truth . . .
Come; for all things are now ready.