I Love You by Daniel Rodgers

I Love You
Dan Rodgers
John 3:16
February 12, 2006

HUMOR: A couple from Minneapolis decided to go to Florida and spend some time together in celebration of Valentine's Day. Because they both had jobs, they had difficulty coordinating their travel schedules. It was decided that the husband would fly to Florida on a Monday, and his wife would follow him the next day.

Upon arriving, the husband checked into the hotel. There he decided to open his laptop and send his wife an e-mail back in Minneapolis. However, he accidentally left off one letter in her address, and sent the e-mail without realizing his error.

In Houston, a widow had just returned from her husband's funeral. He was a minister of many years who had been 'called home to glory' following a heart attack. The widow checked her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. Upon reading the first message, she fainted and fell to the floor. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
From: Your Dear Departed Husband
Subject: I've Arrived!

I've just arrived and have checked in. What a trip! I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

Love you...

P.S. Sure is hot down here!

ILLUS: Story of St. Valentine

This coming Tuesday we will celebrate Valentine's Day.

The story of Valentine's Day actually dates back to the third century, when, according to tradition, an oppressive Roman emperor, Claudius II, placed a man by the name of Valentinus in prison.

Valentinus was a Christian who refused to worship the gods of Claudius. Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ; not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. He was arrested and imprisoned.

During the last weeks of Valentinus's life a remarkable thing happened. Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentinus for lessons. She had been blind since birth. Julia was a pretty young girl with a quick mind. Valentinus read stories of Rome's history to her. He described the world of nature to her. He taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.

"Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?" Julia asked one day. "Yes, my child, He hears each one." "Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you've told me about!"

"God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him," Valentinus said. "Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!" She knelt and grasped his hand. They sat quietly ...


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