we just got back from a whirlwind weekend in dc. we saw friends and family but not for long enough. it sped past and here we are back in seattle answering the demands of “real life” and not the vacation one we’ve been living. so here is a be-lated valentine’s message:
before we can even pack away christmas… another holiday has already snuck up on us. many of us dodge the pink hues and different shades of red. we look the other way at the many “heart” displays. valentine’s day just isn’t for us. this year there was even a call for men to boycott the holiday.
a few years ago i began taking note of how many hearts there are in the scriptures. my eye quickly became trained on the word. i would seek it out. i would mark it. love can be found in many different forms. some of the “love stories” in the scriptures have pierced me to the core.
the heartbreaking covenant of friendship between jonathan and david. the love a sister had for a tiny baby brother, carefully placed in a basket, quietly watched over as he floated to what she trusted was his only refuge. the extreme joy of alma and the sons of mosiah upon meeting again after their various missions and knowing that after all they had been through, they still loved the lord. a group of sons who loved and respected their parents so intently, that they took up arms and fought to protect them. a band of brothers whom not only loved one another, but were valiant in their defense of their wives, their children and their god. an elder brother who suffered out of his love for me personally. and a heavenly father who, because of his love for each of his children, allowed that suffering.
pray unto the father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love,
which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his son, jesus christ.”
“and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
“…if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love,
i would ask, can ye feel so now?”