God’s Valentine To Us
According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are “valentines” – you know, those usually red, printed expressions of affection exchanged by both adults and children every February 14.
While this modern-day custom became popular in the United States in the 1800s, it took hold earlier than that in England. And historians say it may have begun in the Roman Empire when a cleric named Valentine refused to renounce his faith in Christ and was put to death under the emperor Claudius.
If that’s accurate, he laid down his life not for romantic, passionate love but for the love of God. Whatever the actual origin of the day, dying for the sake of love is precisely what Christ Himself did when He came to this earth. In fact, God’s “valentine” to us is the empty cross of His resurrected Son, our Redeemer.
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He even gave up His only begotten, unique Son, so that whoever believes in, trusts in, clings to, relies on Him shall not perish –come to destruction, be lost — but have eternal, everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
This Good News is what…
…our chaplains represent in their faithful, daily care for employees in workplaces across our nation.
…our chaplains share in the context of the trusting, permission-based relationships they develop day in and day out with employees and their family members.
…transforms all who turn from their sins and place their faith in Christ for forgiveness and salvation.
At this very moment, somewhere across our land, one of our chaplains is listening to and caring for someone who is hurting, confused, or searching. Because our chaplain is present and engaged with that individual on Christ’s behalf, despair doesn’t have to be the end of that person’s story – they can personally experience and know REAL HOPE.
By your partnership with us – through prayer, by helping to open doors for ministry in workplaces, and with your financial support – you have a vital part in giving “valentines” to others 24/7/366 so they will know that God loves them and offers them REAL LIFE through Christ.
THANK YOU for joining with us in this strategic outreach to the greatest mission field in America, the workplace. Please continue to pray for our chaplains and our work, and let us know how we can pray for you.
Preston Parrish, CEO