Harriet was my Valentine in 1972. The Raleigh (NC) News and Observer ran this picture of her on the occasion of our engagement that year. She's been my Valentine since then, 46 years worth. Today I am thankful for her love, faith, personal strength, and commitment to our life together. They are the overflow of her strong Christian worldview and personal devotion to Christ. She has been a steady source of patience, endurance, and steadfastness as we've shared the joys and trials of marriage, parenting, church ministry, and today retirement. Today, I'm counting the blessing of her influence in my life.
These verses are on my mind today.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13, ESV
Happy Valentines Day!