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We finally made it to the Alex City Walmart Sunday night to do our Valentine’s Day (Monday) shopping.
At first, we walked the food section to the candy aisle. To our dismay, the Easter display was already in full force.
Valentine’s candy was nowhere to be found!
Then, I thanked the Lord for a discovery. It was one of those finds where somebody attempted to hide something on a random shelf where it didn’t belong and then perhaps forgot about it? Anyway, a single heart-shaped box of Lindt’s chocolate truffles remained available the night before Valentine’s Day.
It was a miracle.
One of our sons found it.
“That’s exactly the kind Mom wanted!,” 10-year-old Abe exclaimed.
Those scenarios rarely present themselves – especially to slackers shopping the night before the holiday.
Then the light bulb went off. It dawned on me that Walmart probably had a Valentine’s Day section by home accessories.
That was the case. But once we arrived there, it was very slim pickings. It reminded me of the toilet paper aisle in March of 2020. There were no Lindt’s truffles in sight. But I already had my box firm in hand.
I guess the moral of my story here is that, in today’s microwave society, we rush from one thing to the next without remembering the importance of what we just celebrated.
Walmart is so good at that. Christmas items appear on shelves when it’s still 90 degrees outside. Easter candy is out before Valentine’s Day arrives.
I’ll do something contrary here. Valentine’s Day is several days removed. But for you husbands and wives, don’t lose that loving feeling. Let’s go back to remember and continue in that same good way.
My wife and I attended a couples’ weekend just a few days ago. During a class we taught, I spoke about a time when my wife was ill. I didn’t know if she’d make it. I learned at that point just how much I loved her. There was a depth of love down deep in my heart that rose to the forefront.
But I shouldn’t have waited until she was possibly on her deathbed to experience and act on that love. I told the class we need to stir up that deep down love for our spouses. They are gifts from God.
God does the act of joining the husband and wife as one flesh.
Ephesians 5:28-29 states, “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself, for no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.”
The acts of love on Valentine’s Day don’t have to fade. Keep them alive.
Acknowledge and honor your spouse daily. I’m speaking (writing) to myself here.
But even above our love for our spouse is the great love we should have for God.
Do not let that love grow cold. Let God know how you feel about Him. Don’t leave your first love – Christ – like some do. No more lukewarm-ness. Jesus asked Peter if Peter “loved Him more than these.” Eventually, Peter proved that Jesus was his first love.
The Bible says that the love of many will wax cold these days because iniquity abounds. Lot’s righteous soul was vexed from day to day in seeing and hearing Sodom’s unlawful deeds.
We’ve got to come out from the filth of this world and be separate to experience God’s love that flows through every facet of our lives.
Sam Kaufman pastors The Church of God at 405 13th Ave. N in Alex City. Contact him at 432 266-0154.