There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts say that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine." Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.
I'm not sure about it's origin. I'm only sure of one thing - if you're a married man, there'd better be flowers or candy at your house before the day is done. I brought the flowers in yesterday, just to be safe.
Seriously, Melanie has been "my only Valentine" in life. From the time she was 15 years old, we've spent the day together celebrating our love. Today, we plan to go to Orlando where Mickey Mouse will remind us of how much we love each other (??? ... It all makes sense to a woman. Men just have to shut up and go with it.)
When I was a kid, we would make and then give red, paper hearts to each other. The tradition puts me in mind of what God said to His people about giving a new heart. ""Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).
You don't have the same old sinful heart you used to have. By His grace, God has given you a new one. You have a heart that longs for Him and loves Him and the things He loves.
So, today, celebrate the reality of having received a new heart. But don't forget the flowers for your wife. You may not get as much grace from her as you do from God.