Will you be My Valentine? asks Jesus

Will you be My Valentine?

“Peter, will you be My valentine?”

“Jesus, you know everything. You know I want to be Your valentine.” (rough translation of John 21:17.)

 

Jesus also speaks to me:

“Will you be My Valentine? Will you be my Beloved?”

Which is to say:

Will you let me give you my unconditional love?

Will you accept my peace for your tired and worn self?

Will you receive my mercy and forgiveness?

Will you believe my love when everyone else has gone away or given up on you?

Will you be generous enough to take my love to others when they need you?

Will you be bread to my hungry, love to my needy, hope to my desolate?

Will you love yourself well and believe in the gifts I have given to you?

Will you trust me to always companion you?

Will you lay down your life for me?

“Will you be My Valentine? Will you be my Beloved?”

 

I listen to the invitation.

I look within and find “yes” answers

In my own February heart,

“Yes” because of dear beloveds

Who have graced my days with love.

 

Their hearts are plainly flesh and earthen,

Yet they touch me to Your goodness.

Their hearts are weak and wounded,

Yet they mend the torn in me.

Their hearts are tired and troubled,

Yet they have time to give me rest.

My beloveds are loving pathways leading home,

Home to where you are,

O Lover of All Hearts.

 

And so, I respond humbly, gratefully:

“You know everything.

You know I want to be Your Valentine.”

 

(Joyce Rupp. Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems and Reflections for Every Season.)

 

 

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