Suzi (15 Feb 2011)
"To Corey Ann Re: Valentine's Day"

I can understand how you want to make sure you are honoring God in your celebrations/refraining from celebrating...but the story of Valentine is one based on sharing of the Gospel, isn't it?

I know that Satan, and man on his own can take over whatever is left 'unattended to'...but the story of Valentine is steeped in that of Christ based love.

One version has him continuing to perform Scripturaly sound marriages when there was a ban on them, then, when imprisoned he shared the Gospel with the daughter of the jailer. He signed each 'letter of the love' (of Christ) "your Valentine". The world may want to ignore the Christian beginnings of this tradition, but they are there. Even when each day dawns, it belongs soley to the LORD....if there is some other tradition or ritual tagged onto it, all we, as the Body of Christ has to do is rebuke and reclaim it. This is the Day that the Lord has made...I will rejoice and be glad in it.

If an ancient man of times past died a martyrs death on this day, and we can use it to spread some love, smiles and happiness to each other, I don't see the harm in it. I got some slightly wilted flowers from my hubby this morning (we are on vacation and I think he had them hidden for at least 2 days! heh), and there is nothing 'pagan' about that gift.

Just my opinion, YMMV.