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Spotlight - February Welcome

posted Feb 5, 2015, 2:30 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 2:32 PM ]
The month of February will see a lot of us celebrating Shrove Tuesday (great for pancake lovers!) and also that other day for love – Valentine’s Day. Millions of cards will be sent, along with red roses – that symbol of undying love – and many of you will be celebrating with a romantic meal for two.

You may remember the Beatles, back in the 60’s, singing ‘All you need is Love’. There’s no doubt that there was a great truth in those simple lyrics.

If we were to look around the world today it is clear that a good dose of
love would cure many of the world’s problems. But it’s easier said than
done isn’t it? We don’t normally have a problem loving those who are
close to us, our family and friends, but what about those who are different from us? What about those who are our enemies? That gets a bit harder, doesn’t it?

However, if we see love as the icing on the cake, covering over the
difficulties and struggles of life, then we can miss the point. We need to
make love the main ingredient, the one that flavours the whole cake.

St Paul helps us to understand what the main ingredient is when he wrote
‘Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres. Lover never fails’ (1 Corinthians 13)
In other words, love changes everything. To know ourselves loved by
friends, family or by God is a great foundation for life lived to the full.
So as we celebrate St Valentine’s Day I pray that we will also take time to
stop and be thankful for what love brings to our lives.