Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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Today is Valentine’s Day and millions of people will share Valentine’s Day cards with people they care about.  The first Valentine posted was about 1806.  Did you know that almost a billion cards will be sent around the February 14 holiday? 
St. Valentine lived in the 3rd Century in Rome.  Emperor Claudius has determined that single men made better soldiers, so he banned soldiers from being married.  There are several versions of the story but one popular one says that Valentine continued to perform wedding ceremonies for young soldiers and, as a result, Claudius had him imprisoned.  While in jail he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter.  He sent her a card and signed it, “Love, Your Valentine.”
I remember as a child we would make a large envelope out of construction paper and decorate it in any way that we saw fit.  And then on, or near, February 14, everyone in the elementary class would exchange cards with everyone else.  If you REALLY liked someone you might tape a few of those candy hearts with the little message to the card. 
The greatest message of love ever sent was not sent by St. Valentine, but rather it was sent by the Lord Jesus.  It was His love for us that caused Him to take our place on the cross.  What an amazing and incredible love He had/has for us.
Here is a word from the Word:
“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8)
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!
Vision 20/20 Reading Plan:
Friday: Acts 12
Saturday: Psalm 17
Sunday: Psalm 18
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