Happy (grey) Valentine’s Day everyone! *record screech* You know, I didn’t mean to title this post Winter Grey to elude to that horrid film, “50 Shades of Grey”. It just happened to jive with my outfit, and the grey clouds outside. But this does bring us two interesting points: #1 we obviously would never support a movie such as “50 shades of Grey” EVER! #2 Valentine’s Day has never been the Boyer family’s forté. What?!? A family full of girls, and you don’t make the Holiday a big deal?!? Haha! I think I ought to address point #2 first. We really don’t go all out celebrating with chocolate, or candy, or even Valentine cards. Perhaps there have been a few scattered Valentines over the years, but never consistently. Yes, we did make a big deal about it on the blog last week by asking our confectionary blogger friend, Emily, to bake us a Valentine’s Day themed cake, but that was on the blog. We didn’t actually eat the cake or make any “heart-filled” deserts for the occasion. Perhaps Mom and Dad will go out on a rare date, or else Dad will bring home a box of chocolates for Mom, but truly, that is the extent of the day’s pomp and circumstance for us, leaving it a little… grey.
Blouse: GoodWill // Cardigan: Forever XXI // Skirt: Hand-me-up // Stockings: Target // Shoes: Target // Earrings: Forever XXI
Okay, okay, you can stop holding your breath, the three of us will actually be performing a 1940’s Show later on tonight for a local Church’s Valentine’s Day Party, which of course will be filled with nothing but sweet/jazzy love songs. We just can’t get away from this day of Love and Romance!
But really, who wants to? (Addressing point #1)
Who wants to drown out the fact that we human beings desire to be loved so much? How can we suppress this blatant truth with films of violence, acts of cruelty, and the most ugly forms of self denial? The world in all of its cunning, or should I say, the Instigator of all sin, would so want us to defy this word Love, and let ourselves be turned in to little else but small minded, contorted, pinched, twisted, loathsome creatures that we so easily could become…
Were it not for the Rock of Love upon which we can stand and proudly say, “Yes! We want to be loved! We want to be loved by You, Jesus!” Think of what this world would be if the Lord never intervened to save us long ago from eternal damnation through His righteous Law, and hope of the promise of the Messiah’s return; if Adam and Eve’s children were left to there own devices, then God would most certainly be Satan. The world we live in would not, could not, stand under the oppression of our sinful natures! We as the human race would plummet into the deep abyss of sin and our earth would become Hell itself.
Now take this thought, but this time bring forth that bright, piercing Light… take it and shine it over the vast fields of vile sin that could have been our world… suddenly we find ourselves in today, with the world, seeming to be falling apart, but it still holds together. Time still marches forward. We still can fight against the very thing that could have left us in a wasteland centuries ago. This, all this, is because Christ has poured out His immense love over this earth all this while. Only He can stretch His arms out wide to touch those at the farthest corners of our temporal dwelling, calling us home with His melodious voice. He has found so many of us, and has brought us to know what love is! What joy and blessings we have because He sought to lay down His innocent life, to be the sacrificial Lamb in our stead!
Day by day, I still falter to completely grasp this emotion of love, this thing that can be felt and described as sweet, deep, endearing, devoted, and sometimes overwhelming. It is so immeasurable and so strong, so hard to have without Jesus; it shows how weak and frail we truly are without Him. I have found the only way to describe love, in every essence of the word, is when I speak the Lamb’s Name. Jesus. Precious, tender, yet as reliable as a bow of bronze. By His Name we are taught to enter in to the Father’s presence, and plead for pardon of our guilty sin. By His Name we are not left standing still in the wastelands of death’s cold power. In His Name, everlasting Life is ours, my sisters! Ours to joy in, ours to wait for until death parts us from this life, and ours to have our being in the next. Glory, glory hallelujah! His Truth is marching on!
So let us love and sing and wonder, let us praise the Savior’s Name!
He has hushed the Law’s loud thunder, He has quenched mount Sinai’s flame:
He has washed us in His blood, He has brought us nigh to God.
Let us sing, though fierce temptation threatened hard to bear us down!
For the Lord, our strong salvation, holds in view the conqueror’s crown:
He who washed us with His blood soon will bring us home to God.
John Newton, 1774: Let us Love and Sing and Wonder. Inspired by: Rev. 1:5, 6. Trinity Hymnal.
Before I leave, I do want to mention just one more thing. For those of you who haven’t seen, we are holding a Lilla Rose Giveaway this weekend, so please leave a comment in the comment section of that post to enter to win a Lilla Rose Flexi of your choice! Hope you win!
Is your Valentine’s Day a little grey weather-wise?
Are you ever burdened by what you see in the world?
And do you find refuge in the Lord’s Word afterward?
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! <3
Jessica, the eldest sister & singer