""By this, you shall know you are my disciples,

if you love one another."\

February is the month for love, just as December is the month for Christmas.

The scriptures are full of love: God's love, love for one another, love of nature and creation, love for our enemies.

Jesus said, "Greater love has no one, than a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends."

The Greeks had four different words to define "love." Sometimes we use this little word casually, maybe even flippantly. "Oh, I just love that," or "I love to do this or _____" (fill in the blank).

"Agape" is the love word - the Greeks used it to describe the mutual feelings between Christian persons. It is a type of love that does without expecting anything in return. A type of love that goes the second mile. A type of love; like a friend who knows all about you, (warts and all) and loves you just the same.

As we walk through this love month, may we be more conscious of Christian love, not just "Red Hearts of Valentines," but the God-given love that we are blessed with, through the Christ Event: The Birth, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ!

May the LOVE of Christ be with you all.

In Peace and Love,