Today we celebrate Valentine's Day with all our loved ones by sharing chocolates, cards, roses, and more. We also are beginning the season of Lent. Both provide the time to focus on love and presence. Both offer invitations to go deeper into God's love for us. In the days ahead I pray that you find invitations to present to yourself and to others. Listen for God's voice in the quiet and in the encouragement from friends and family.
God of wonder and of joy; grace comes from you, and you alone are the source of life and love. Without you, we cannot please you; without your love, our deeds are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love. That we may worship you now with thankful hearts and serve you always with tilling minds; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ahem.