February includes Valentine's Day and focuses on a time of special expressions of love for family, friends, neighbors, and ourselves.

Someone has said the Bible is the greatest of love stories.

God has shown His love for us in so many ways we become jaded and fail to recognize both His presence... and His presents.

In the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18, God says, --¦love your neighbor as yourself."

That may be hard to do because we know all about ourselves and wonder how we could be loved by anyone.

Just remember, God knows everything about us and He still loves us. Do we have a higher standard than God?

In the New Testament, that thought is repeated by Jesus, as recorded for us in Mark 12:31: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Today we see so many people who do not treat themselves with love and respect. They say mean things to themselves all daylong in "self-talk."

John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

We may not be sent into combat where guns and bombs are being used against us, as have so many.

We may be engaged in a combat within our own homes, neighborhoods or communities which can be even scarier, because the enemy doesn't wear a uniform.

If God asks us to lay down our life for our friends, it means we must be willing to carry out that love to the utmost. Keep in mind the same commandment has been given to them... for us.

Let us greet each day with an expression of love, for ourselves, and for others.

Dan Morton

Oratory of

the Little Way

Gaylordsville