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February 14: Saint Valentine's Day

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This prayer helps young people celebrate God's love and Saint Valentine's day.

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

We celebrate loving and being loved on this special day. Of course most of us find it easier to love someone who loves us first, and that's what this verse is about. God loves us first and always; we only need to respond to that love. Imagine God sending you a valentine today. What would it say inside?

God who is love, on this day of celebrating love, I want to remind you that I love you. Even when I sometimes walk away or seem disinterested, please know that you have a special place in my heart.

For more: Loving God can appear to be an overwhelming task. Read First John, chapter 4, to hear some ways to start.


(This prayer is taken from Good News, Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens, by Dee Bernhardt, Larry Schatz, and Laurie Ziliak [Winona, MN: Saint Mary's Press, 1999], page 51. Copyright © 1999 by Saint Mary's Press. Permission is granted for this prayer to be used for classroom or campus ministry purposes. This prayer may not be republished in any form without written permission from Saint Mary's Press. To order this book, contact Saint Mary's Press at 800-533-8095, or visit our online catalog at www.smp.org/catalog.cfm.)

Published January 6, 2004.