Valentine's Day

God of Love, whose love best was illustrated long ago in the way Jesus of Nazareth loved you and those with whom he shared life, we pause in your loving presence to reaffirm that you are our God and we are your people, to be reminded that you are like an ideal loving parent, and to reassess our lives in the light of your love. Thank you for loving and caring for and about us. Forgive us for the times when we have failed to love you and others as we know we should. We confess that too often we take you for granted and forget that there are some rules and regulations by which you would have us live; too often we think that if we do not like someone we are excused from loving that person; too often we view others as objects and not persons, thus demeaning and dehumanizing them. O God, on this day associated with love, make us better lovers of you and one another. Help us to notice, help us to care, help us to be available to any person in need. For in loving others we love you, in serving others we serve you, in ministering to others we find our lives strengthened and enriched.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your plan for love and lovers and for giving us the ability to experience the special relationship between a man and a woman. Since you are the author and designer of human love, we ask you to teach us to grow in our love. Help us to love you Lord with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Enable us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Help us to love with God's love - love which is always forgiving, patient, kind and faithful - love which is never jealous or envious, never haughty, selfish or rude. Bless our time of fellowship. Thank you for the food you have given us. Thank you that we can share together in this special occasion.

Dearest Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for the precious gift of love you have given to the world and to me. Thank you for blessing me every day with this love and the power and strength that I get from you every single day. Without your love for me I can't be....I can't function....I can't even breathe...because I NEED your love to sustain me. It's like food and medicine for my soul Lord.

I said a Valentine prayer for you and asked the Lord above to fill your heart and bless your soul With the precious gift of love. I asked Him for sincere love The kind that's meant to stay. Just like the generous love You give to those you touch each day. I prayed for love from family And from every cherrished friend Then I asked the Lord to give you His love that knows no end.

Gracious God, the tendrils of love that others offer sometimes feel frayed and damaged. The love I have to share with others sometimes feels strained and contrived. The love that comes from you sometimes feels distant and unreal. When love is less than I would like it to be, give me the strength to quiet my heart long enough to bring it to the edge of your embrace where you can touch it and fill it and make it whole. I ask this for the sake of your love.

Grant, we pray, O Almighty God, that we who celebrate the festival of Saint Valentine, your martyr, may, by his intercession, be delivered from all the evils that threaten us Through Christ Our Lord.

Dear Lord, who art high in the Heavens, Giver of Love and Passion, And He who strings the heart's cords, Lead the Lovers this day, February ten plus four. The day during the month of two, When the date is the perfect number of God Greater two souls and two hearts. Some Loves are fleeting, But that which is built on you will never fail. So guide the Lovers to know what is to be. Your truths the Lovers' mouths should speak, For Your truth is that which is honest to the heart. Only this, then, should pass over the red lips of the Lovers. Your art, the Lovers simply a medium. It is only with True Hearts that You can create a Masterpiece, So let the Lovers remember that their Soul's Desire Is the one for which You light their Fire. And let it be You who creates the Art of the Lovers; The art of two into one.

Praise to the One whose love stirs the ancient embers sparks the breath of prayer. Praise to the One whose love entices the wandering beckons the confused. Praise to the One whose love grows wings on the weary dreams hope in the discouraged. Praise to the One whose love soothes with the ointment of mercy transforms with the touch of compassion. Praise to the One whose love threads the energy of friendship stitches the strength of fidelity. Praise to the One whose love tickles the soul with laughter urges the heart toward joy. Praise to the one whose love embraces the untamed dances with the passionate. All praise to this Gracious One. All gratitude to this Beloved. All love to this Mentor of Friendship. All devotion to this Shaper of Hearts.

In your very being we discover the essence of relational, triune love. For you are the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love that Flows Between Them. As one created in your image, empower me today to be a person of deeper love, with heart, soul, mind, and strength, both for you and for those around me. On this day commercialized by chocolates, flowers, and candy hearts, grant me an authentic love, stripped free of selfish desire and plastic facade, forged from a view of myself as you see me. Enable me to forgive and to ask for forgiveness, that I may share in the reconciling work of Jesus throughout creation. Teach me to harbor no ill will or resentment for wrongs done to me. And may the fixed presence of hurtful memories wane in their effects. Give me sober judgment in the way I practice love with those dearest to me. For with them I can be at my most vulnerable, but also my most guarded. Empower me and those I love to rebuild trust where it is broken, and openness where there is self-protection.