Valentine's Day: How would it be if just for today . . .

St. Valentine was a Roman Christian who, according to tradition, was martyred during the persecution of Christians in the third century. Prior to his death, Valentine was imprisoned but he continued to witness to Christianity.

One day, a prison guard, a good man who had adopted a blind girl, asked if Valentine’s God could help his daughter. Valentine prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guard and his entire family saw this and believed and all were baptized. Upon hearing this, the Emperor, who was furious that Valentine continued to inspire converts, even in prison, sentenced Valentine to death.

Just before being led out to his execution, the young Christian wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” The first valentine was really a Christian witness to the unconditional and compassionate love of God.

 
How would it be, if just for today, we found a way to give that kind of witness? Happy Valentine's Day!