February 14th, 2011 6:42 PM

Dear Friends,

On Saturday I received a text message from an old friend saying how much I am loved. Over the weekend I received several emails wishing me a Happy Valentine's Day. While this morning, as I was pulling weeds and dandelions from my front lawn, a neighbor gave me similar greetings! Of all the wonderful days to be alive, it's always comforting to know that folks in your inner circle whether they be a spouse, a family member, a friend or an acquaintance, recognize the true value of your love. Such a compliment is a gift many of us in our society might just take for granted. While Valentine's Day is celebrated for lovers, those of us unable to voice our heartfelt desires for someone special, this is the day one can muster enough courage to demonstrate how much you care. Flowers, candy, a card, an email or a phone call are just a few of the wonderful ways one can communicate one's love today.

Valentine's Day can also be considered a day in which we recognize our responsibilities we have for others. There are prominent professions which empower the love of service by sacrificing one's time and even one's life to help those in need. To be a member of law enforcement or the armed forces are just two professions where devotion and love of service are demonstrated daily. Perhaps, the fortitude and the commitment we have in our jobs to accommodate those that require our attention to the smallest detail, can be considered a heartfelt requirement which shows our capabilities for those we care. 

Last Thursday, I went to the Egyptian Theater located in Hollywood with my neighbor, to view one of my favorite films. At the theater I reacquainted myself with a gentleman I have not seen for a long time. You could tell he was a movie buff as he recounted the days he was a confidant of the great actor and director, the late Orson Welles. We discussed several of the most splendid love stories in film. We agreed one of the most loving and emotionally challenging portrayals of love in action can be found in 'The Best Years Of Our Lives', a 1946 motion picture chronicling the lives of those returning home from the 2nd World War. This Academy Award winning film has an ensemble cast that gives their entire soul to a story where love above all else, is the source of all compassion. Sometimes we must be reminded of the depths one encounters to overcome adversity. This portrayal of an all encompassing love, is recommended viewing. 

While we are accustomed to send or recite poetry to those we love by acclaimed authors in literature, we can find the true description of love in Scripture. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 - 7 & 13 Paul describes love as a manifestation of our souls. He writes:

"Love is patient and kind. Love envies no one, is never boastful, never conceited, never rude; love is never selfish, never quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs, takes no pleasure in the sins of others, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, its endurance."

"There are three things that last forever: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of the three is love."

We encourage you to stop and take time from your busy schedule to smell the roses and to love others as you would want others to love you.

Happy Valentines' Day!

Thanks Again

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Posted by Jesse Dorado on February 14th, 2011 6:42 PMPost a Comment

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