Love’s Saint has a story…the tale of Valentine concludes (almost)

by Craig on February 14, 2012

...a love...a miracle...and a testing of faith.source

I really tried to time the ending of this series for today. But you can’t just slap an ending on a story and call it done. So today, part 11 is here, part 12 is on Love’s twin blog, Deep into Scripture. Tomorrow, the final two parts come, will tug hard on your heart – and explain why we call those little love notes “valentines”.

If you missed any parts, it began here, and about 10 minutes of reading will bring you up to date.


November 3, 269 AD

Tonight Asteria spoke to me in Scripture…
a step that delights me.
From acknowledging the One True God…
to now reciting the words of his Great Apostle…

my favorite words…

“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love,
I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;
if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

She speaks my my favorite words…and she does so daily...Love is patient...Love is kind...

Love is patient…
love is kind…
it is not jealous…
it is not proud…
it is not rude…
it does not seek its own interests…
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury…
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.”

I ask how she knows this. Has she read it?
Her voice is hushed as she tells me she cannot read.
She has heard these words spoken and they remain especially in her heart.

Asteria has been meeting with other Christians…the kingdom is close.

She asks if I would like to see her face.
“Yes,” I reply “but there is no light.”

A muffled laugh and the words, “not necessary”.

She takes my hands to her face, her nose, her cheeks, her eyes.

She asks if I would like to see her face. “Yes,” I reply “but there is no light.”  A muffled laugh and the words, “not necessary”.

I ask for their color. She tells me it doesn’t matter.
I have felt nothing in my memory so soft as her hair.

She asks, “Have you seen clearly, Valentine?”
“Yes,” and I repeat in a whisper, “Yes”.

But then it is time for her to leave. No light to guide her steps. And yet never a misstep. And always soon after, the fires return, and the guards take their places.

Now I know her face…

I remember with my hands.


Would you consider clicking over to Deep into Scripture for the third to the last chapter of the story – and come back tomorrow for the conclusion?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie February 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

LOVE…… God is love and gives love and provides love. Thank you again Craig for the reminder of HIS love.


Craig February 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

think YOU Katie – you are a reminder to me of HIS love. God bless you!


Doug Spurling February 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

LOVE is blind yet sees, shines…even in the dark, despite the dark, because of the dark.


Craig February 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

Doug, first of all I apologize for responding to your comments so late. I’m fighting a wee bit of pneumonia here as I type these words to you. I feel fortunate that somehow you “found” me. And your comments – thank you for them. and for this that you wrote, “even in the dark, despite the dark, because of the dark.” I think that’s a little bit of brilliance – thank you for that too. God bless you Doug.


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