My One True Valentine

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We love each other because He loved us first. 1 John 4:19

“Mommy, please…PLEASE help me! I can’t find my valentines!”

And so began the task of looking in every bag, every box, every nook, every cranny for the valentines that the little fella swore were in each place we checked. Until we finally gave up in disappointment and defeat. Using the moment as we should have-teaching responsibility for one’s things. Even debating whether to allow him to be left out of the Valentine exchange to reinforce that same lesson.

But, as parents. We want to rescue our children from their choices. From their mistakes. We want to swoop in and save the day. Be the hero. And, while I may be the “superstar” on some days for my kids. The one who saves the day. To drop off left lunches. To repair ripped projects. To bandage boo-boos. To recover lost toys. And, yes, to even bring home a new box of valentines, I am truly not the “superstar” at all.

I am not the “superstar” to be celebrated this Valentine’s Day. And yet, you won’t find his face emblazoned on any cardboard valentine. You won’t find him among the red and pink teddy bears, the foil wrapped hearts, and conversation hearts. Among the red roses and pink balloons.

“I have called you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

The “superstar” that urges us each day to be his. The “superstar” who knows that love has nothing to do with cute heart shaped lollipops, or raspberry filled candied hearts.

The title of “superstar may belong to me when I come to my kids rescue, but ultimately it belongs to the one who truly saved. The one who poured out enough love to save a wretch like me, and a multitude of others like me. The one who never asked for anything in return. Who often never receives a thank you. Whose reminder of his saving grace is not a sticky note or a sappy valentine, but a wooden cross.

Who expressed his love not with the point of a pencil, but with the point of three nails.

Who doesn’t reserve his love for just one day, but every day.

The true “superstar,” and our one and only Valentine!

2 thoughts on “My One True Valentine

  1. January, well said! “The one who never asked for anything in return. Who often never receives a thank you. Whose reminder of his saving grace is not a sticky note or a sappy valentine, but a wooden cross.” Awesome reminder, thank you. ~R

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