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February 2017

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

(John 15:9)

Dear Friend,

Blessings to you! Trusting that all is well, and that you are taking these winter months to grow closer to our Heavenly Father. I just love it when I can take quiet time with Him while sitting in my favorite chair, and gazing out the window. The Bible seems to come alive as I enjoy the snow coming down, with a glimmer of sunshine peeking out from the clouds. When I go to open my front door, the fresh air comes in and revitalizes me. We serve such a Creative God! I remember as a child, I would dress really warm, put my boots on, and run outside to play in the snow. What fun it was! Our side of the street would build an igloo, and the other side would do the same. And then the snowball fights would begin with all of us having the igloo to take cover in! When the sun started to go down, one by one our mothers would call us inside to eat supper, and then do homework. I wonder, do today's children still do that? Everything is so technical now with electronic toys and cell phones and computers. Oh yes, on Facebook you can have a snowball fight! But it definitely is not the same!

We also celebrate Valentines Day this month. This is a special day when couples pronounce their love for one another, and men propose marriage, and people express their love and appreciation for each other. It is so beautiful, but my question is this.... why can’t this happen all year round? Why can’t humanity just give in and let go of hurts, and offenses? Okay, true, we live in a fallen world. Adam and Eve sinned, and the Garden of Paradise was no longer available to them, or to all their future generations. But... we do have Someone who came to earth to set us free and give us a road map to live a good life. Jesus loves us more than any human being could. He was in heaven with His Father, where He had royalty and status. But His Father looked down on us, and was grieved horribly by our sin. So, in agreement with His Father, Jesus came to earth to set us free from sin and darkness. He came, not as Royalty, but as one of us, so that He could feel everything we feel, so that He could experience all the hurts, the trials, the tears, betrayal, and so on that we do. Jesus was born fully human, and fully God. He felt everything that we feel, such as being tired, hurt, in pain, disappointed, and rejected. He also felt joy, and happiness, and all the good things that we feel! Most of all He LOVED. He loved us so much that He was willing to go through all this so that we could be saved and get to heaven! He was willing to sacrifice Himself on the Cross of Calvary as a substitute for us so that we could be forgiven, and go to heaven when we die. What greater love is that? When we think of what the world considers love, it has nothing to do with all that Jesus did because He loved us so much! In fact, today it seems as if love has been thrown out the window!

We hear the news every day of people getting hurt or killed for no reason at all, just because they happened to be where they were at the time! The movies and TV all seem to glorify evil. What ever happened to clean cut comedians like Abbot and Costello, Red Buttons, Lucille Ball, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis? If you are my age, you will remember them! For the younger reader, look this up on the Internet! We had such laughs, but all good, clean, fun! Anyhow, where was I? Okay, back to the love, joy, peace, and happiness that only can come from God....and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the real deal! This is something that the world cannot give! This is something that will last forever and forever, into eternity! Jesus wants us to enjoy all the good things we are given here on earth! He wants us to have life, and life more abundantly! (John 10:10) He loves us with an everlasting love! (Jeremiah 31:3)

On this Valentine’s Day, let us begin a new tradition. Let it be something that will be passed on from generation to generation. Are you with me on this? Okay! Let us spend this day from the time we wake up till the time we go to bed, giving love to one another. And if we have anything against anyone, let us follow this Scripture. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that you Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25) This is really easy to do. Forgiveness is an act of the will. It is something that we “will” to do. It does not mean that we have to become best friends. It means that we release that person to Christ, pray, and release the feelings that go with the hurt. What freedom this brings! It releases all tension, and hurt feelings! Place the person in God’s hands, and tell God that you no longer want to feel that hurt, that you need help to let it go. Take a deep breath, and smile, and go about the day giving love wherever you can.

When shopping, try saying a kind word to the clerk at the cash register. He or she may be having a difficult day, so a smile and a big thank you can go a long way! If you see a young mom with a crying child in the supermarket, help her to put her groceries on the counter. Give her a smile, and tell her how cute her baby is! Look for people to bless! They are all around! Ask God to give people to you to bless!

And, of course, men, take your girlfriend or wife out to dinner! Buy flowers! Women, do something special for your boyfriend or husband. Dress up and make it a beautiful occasion! He will probably faint, but that is okay!

The important thing is to know the perfect love that only God can give. Spend time with Him! If you are alone, know that you are really not alone! He is with you, and He loves you more than you could ever imagine. Curl up in a comfy chair, read the Word, put worship music on, and just bask in the Presence of God. Wow! That is my plan!

Father, I ask that You give this reader a special experience of Your love, which is so perfect and wonderful! And Father, we love You! Happy Valentine’s Day!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara