Pastor Carolyn’s Conundrums:

 In February we will be celebrating St Valentine’s Day.  It is a day that we set aside to show those we love that we love them.  I know there are those who say that this holiday was made up by the card and candy companies, and that they don’t need a holiday to show their love.  But sometimes I think we all need a reminder.

I would challenge us all to use this holiday as a reminder to show God our love as well.  God placed a commandment at the top of the list in the Old Testament and again when Christ was listing the 2 greatest commandments:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.  I believe we all get busy in our lives and as we do, our priorities shift and just maybe God is not getting top billing in our lives.  Similarly the 2nd greatest commandment, according to Jesus, is to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This once again ties very nicely into the whole show your love for one another for Valentine’s day.

How about this February we take some time to show God how much we love God?  This year Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is on Valentine’s day.  Lent is a season of preparation.  We are preparing to celebrate the season that expresses Christ’s limitless love for us, Easter.

Pine Island United Methodist Church is active in showing Christ’s love.  We have a very active church leadership trying to get the good news to those who need it.  Every committee is committed to living out our mission statement:  Love, Hope, a place to Belong.  We are actively sharing the love of Christ by offering a free meal (open to church and community) every Wednesday.  We also have a free lasagna dinner, on March 3rd.  Be sure to invite people you know to come to one of these events.  Help us share the Love of Christ this February.  Maybe we will get so excited about doing so, we won’t need the reminder, because it will come naturally all year long!

Let us not only celebrate our love for one another this February, but also our love for God.


Pastor Carolyn