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From the Manse.....

"If music be the food of love, play on," declares Orsino in the opening line from Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night. February is often seen as the month of love, having as it does Valentines Day slap, bang in the middle.

How best though to mark this month of love?!

By sending a card? Putting a declaration in the newspaper? Writing a poem to express our love? Giving chocolates and flowers? Reading one of Shakespeare's sonnets aloud? Surprise lingerie, perfume or scent? Cuddled up on the settee watching a romantic film together? A meal in a classy restaurant, or a lovingly cooked dinner at home? A weekend away, or an evening out on the town? A trip to a show or an outing to the cinema? Time spent together in the midst of busy lives?

It seems to me that on this day we are often in danger of being swept along on a wave of sentimentality and romance that can seem a long way away from the realities of what love is really about. We can be seduced by a Hollywood style, sickly sweet candyfloss love that soon evaporates and disappears in front of our very eyes.

What is love really about then? Well, we could do a lot worse than to turn to what St. Paul has to say on the subject in 1 Corinthians 13 — where he so succinctly sums up the essence of love.

He writes; "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

May we all be aware of God's love for us this Valentines Day, and be prepared to share that love with all we meet.

With love and God Bless,

Keith

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