“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." – 1 Corinthians 13:4 This Sunday is Valentine's Day - a day to celebrate love. Some of you know that Valentine's Day was named after several martyrs named Valentine, who are said to have died on February 14. In the Catholic Church, Saint Valentine is the patron saint of love, young people, and happy marriage. Speaking of marriage, I'm amazed by the ways love has developed in my relationship with Sarah. At first, love was a bundle of emotions and endless phone calls that lasted long into the night. During our first years of marriage, love took the form of patience and perseverance as we worked out differences and started a family. (Note: it was during this stage that I learned the Korean word for "enemy.") Over the years, love has blossomed. As we matured and transitioned through different life stages, we became best friends and partners in crime. Now, we are a parental tag team and cheerleaders for each other. Because of Sarah's love, I am better as a father, pastor, and person - and (hopefully) Sarah is better because of me. When I think of love, I think of 1 Corinthians 13 - the chapter of love. Of course, it's notable that Paul didn't write

1 Corinthians 13 for weddings. He offered these words to the church because relationships are hard, and (at the time) the church in Corinth was struggling. The community was deeply divided along theological, social, and economic lines. There was so much fighting that people even dragged each other to secular courtrooms to resolve their differences. In response, Paul offered his exposition on love. He called on the Corinthians to remember their oneness in Christ. While we are different, we are parts of the same body. While we have distinct gifts/talents/perspectives, we worship the same Lord. Paul challenged the church to reclaim God's love - God's greatest gift of all. Friends, relationships remain challenging today. Like the church in Corinth, our nation, church, and families are deeply divided and struggle to find common ground. On this Valentine's Day weekend, let's heed the message of love - not merely as a bundle of emotions, but as words & actions that bring us together, help navigate our differences, and make us all better in the end. - Pastor Caleb

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