February 16, 2014
When I was a little boy living in a coal mining camp, it was called “St. Valentine’s Day. I could never figure out who was a saint. I did not know any such person.
Thinking about it now, maybe I did know some saints named Cole, Belcher, Gillespie, Peak, McBrayer, Grizzell, Hodge, Carr, Buzzard, Mays, Shinn, Stanley, Smith, Perry, Ellis, Slack, Tyree, Burke, Rose – people who were a profound influence in my life. They were my examples. They encouraged me and provided opportunities to help shape my life and its future. I will always be indebted to these families and many others.
Legend tells about two Roman Martyrs in the third century who were each named Saint Valentine. They were the patron saints of lovers. The legend tells us that “birds choose their mates on Valentine’s Day” and I expect that might be the origin of “love birds.”
After a courtship that involved a letter each day, phone calls, being with each other as often as possible for nearly two years, Kitty and I set the date of February 14, 1955, Valentine’s Day, to formally announce our engagement and plans to be married on June 4, 1955.
Early that morning I received a call from Kitty telling me she was sick with the flu and confined to her bed. The announcement party was cancelled. It was a small party – just Kitty and me. Sitting beside her bed, I presented the engagement gift.
The wedding was scheduled for June 4, 1955, at the large First Church of God, Springfield, Ohio. Our pastor was the Rev. Dr. Harold W. Boyer, a well-known leader and sought after preacher.
Too many young couples planning to be married make the mistake of talking with the pastor after everything else is planned. We talked with our pastor about the wedding to get his counsel and advice the very first thing.
Kitty meticulously planned every detail of the wedding with the guidance and help of her mother, who would personally design and make Kitty’s beautiful wedding gown and the gowns for her three sisters and my sister who would be involved with the ceremony.
Valentine’s Day has always been very special for us. Weddings are for men and women, not boys and girls. Read about the very first marriage and note that it was between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. It is very clear in God’s Word, which we call the Bible, that same sex marriage is never in the will of God. You may want to read Genesis, chapters one and two, Romans chapter one and First Corinthians, chapters five and six.
We have tried to live by the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:33.
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