February 15, 2016

Read John 13:34-35
So what did you do for Valentines’ Day? Some people go all out for the day, and others barely acknowledge it. I have one friend who thinks she is short-changed on Valentines’ Day because it’s also her birthday. I have another friend who chooses to call it Singles Awareness Day. Personally, we don’t do much at our house for Valentines’ Day. At most we exchange cards or go out to dinner, and I’m okay with that. We’re more likely to go snag up clearance-priced chocolate and flowers the day after Valentines’ Day!
Regardless of how you celebrated the day yesterday, I’ll bet you caught on that the whole purpose of Valentines’ Day is to express love. Okay, and for the greeting card companies and florists to make money! But in all seriousness, there are many in the community around us who did not feel loved yesterday. They may have spent the day alone, or worse, in an abusive relationship. Or they may just be depressed enough that they couldn’t believe anyone would love them. Whatever the reason, Valentines’ Day might have been painful.
God’s command to love others doesn’t just apply to the one day of the year dedicated to love. He expects us to reach out in love to those around us every day of the year. Maybe there’s a single mom down the street who needs a hand, or an elderly person sitting alone. There might even be a couple who needs another couple to walk alongside them and help them save their marriage.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.