Love, Hearts & Flowers    February 2019

February is the month of love, hearts and flowers. People tend to wear lots of red this month. The color catches our eyes. Consider an awesome fiery sunset!

LOVE: One of the characters in the movie "The Lion King" sings to Simba, "love is in the air." Many people profess their love during this month, and many couples become engaged to be married then.

Following His resurrection, Jesus prepared a fish breakfast for His disciples. Then He asked Simon Peter, "Do you love (agape) me more than these?" Peter answered, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love (phileo) you." Again Jesus asked the same question, and received the same answer. The third time Jesus asked, "Do you love (phileo) me?" Agape is God-centered, seeking the welfare of all. Phileo is tender affection toward people in general (brotherly or sisterly love).

HEART: February is considered Heart month, where we are encouraged to get health check ups. If the heart is not working properly, we may become ill, and eventually pass away.

Kardia (cardiac) "came to stand for man's entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and emotional elements" (W.E.Vine Expository Dictionary of the New Testament Words). The book of Matthew 15 says, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man." God knows the heart of each person He created. He encourages us to guard our hearts. (In December 2017, doctors at MUSC gave my husband Bob a clean bill of heart health. And yet, on February 25, 2018 his heart stopped beating, and he passed into eternity. He was my one true love in marriage. Then we had 4 children and 9 grandchildren who received our earthly love, also. Love never ends, but he is sorely missed by all of us.)

FLOWERS: I love fresh flowers, whether or not they have a scent. The variety of colors stirs my senses. When I was in high school, one of our math teachers liked to quote authors from books he had read. One day Mr. Dale Holmes said to me, "Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air" (Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" 1750). I believe he saw in me the potential to do good things, but not necessarily for everyone to be aware of. The good things we do for people are not always acknowledged or appreciated by them. But we should keep doing them. Sometimes our efforts are not recognized. In the book of James, he writes, "Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don't ever count on it" (James 1:11 The Message Bible). One day God will reward each of us for all the good we have done.


 Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace  Gift of Grace Ministries 

"For by grace you have been is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).