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Are You Jesus’ Valentine?

Dr. Dale Galloway tells the story of a shy, unassuming little guy named Brad. One February before Valentine's Day, Brad came home and told his mother he wanted to make Valentine's cards for everyone in his class. Her heart sank for Brad as he told her because she watched every day as the children from Brad's class walked home from school, talking and running, and playing, but never including Brad in their fun. She chose to remain silent, though, and to help Brad with his desire to give his classmates Valentines. For nearly three weeks, Brad and his mother worked tirelessly to craft thirty-five different cards.

Valentine's Day finally arrived, and Brad excitedly loaded his hand-made Valentine's cards into his bag and bolted out the door. Mom thought it was going to be a tough day for Brad so she thought some nice warm cookies and a glass of milk would help to ease the pain of the day when he returned from school. Surely he would be disappointed, for she knew the children were unlikely to remember Brad in their Valentine's. She was hurt to think how bad this day was going to be.

That afternoon she had the cookies and milk ready when school was out. She heard children outside, so she looked out the window, and sure enough, here they came laughing and playing as always. Brad was following behind all alone, as always. He was walking a little faster than usual, though. She waited for Brad to burst into tears as he made it to the door. His arms were empty, and she could hardly choke back the tears as he burst through the door.

"Mommy has some warm cookies and milk for you," she said.

But Brad hardly heard a word she said. He just walked right by her, his face aglow, and all he could say was:

"Not a one...not a single one!"

Mom's heart sank.

Then Brad added, "I didn't forget a one, not a single one!"

Jesus came to earth, not to think about Himself and what was in it for Him, but for you and me. And the great thing about it is that He didn't forget a single one, not a single one! John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son..." That's the greatest valentine ever given. And with that gift He asks each of us, "Will you be mine?"

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward