How to Say Happy Valentine's Day by Stan Coffey

How to Say Happy Valentine’s Day
Stan Coffey
Song of Solomon 1:1-2



In just a moment we will open the scripture to the Song of Solomon.
The Song of Solomon is a story of two lovers. The curtain is drawn back on their love affair and we are invited in to learn how they communicated together on the most intimate level of love. If anyone knows how to romance a woman, it ought to be Solomon because the Bible says he had 300 wives and 700 concubines. But with Valentine’s Day coming up I thought we should explore how Solomon and the Shumanite woman expressed their love through spoken and meaningful words.

We want to look at ‘‘How To Say, ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’’’ to that special person in your life. On Valentine’ Day the stores are filled with special cards for that special person in your life. The restaurants and the movies will be filled with couples marking this special day.

You are never to young, never to old, and never to busy to say a special word to the one you love the most on Valentine’s Day. I hope this message will point out the value of spoken words. Sadly, sometimes we let our jobs, our careers, and the business of every day life cause us to miss the opportunity of Valentine’s Day.

Many of you may remember Dr. Christian Bernard, a world renown heart specialist who many years ago was the first to innovate the aortic valve for heart surgery and then later became the first surgeon to perform a heart transplant. He was on television, he was on the radio, he was in the newspapers, and he was on the cutting edge of what was happening in the latest medical technology. He wrote a book called, ‘‘One Life.’’ In that book he tells how he lost his home, how he lost the hearts of his own family members while he was helping to mend the hearts of others. And I want to read you just a quotation from that book.

He said, ‘‘It was a bright April morning when I drove out of Minneapolis. It seemed like a century since I first arrived there, a time longer than all the years before it. In New York, I put the car on a boat and caught a plane to Cape Town. Norwest winds were blowing. We came over the city with the waves close below. My wife was there with the children, I had not written much for two months and I was unprepared for her greeting. Why did you come back? she said. There was no longer a smile in her eyes. Oh, God, I thought, I have made the most terrible mistake in my life. Don’t look so surprised, she said, we gave you up. We decided you were never coming back. I replied, but it was only a little delay. I wrote you April 1st. No you wrote once saying you weren’t coming home. We were building valves, aortic heart valves, I answered. No, you were building a family. That is, you were, until you dumped it in my lap, she said bitterly. We have ceased to exist for you. I wanted to say, I came home be ...

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