February 14, 2013 7:14 PM

Bare trees with a new day dawning....

Day 107 post Barbara:  First time in thirty years, I don't have a  Sweetheart to show an appreciation  of love to... but I do have my family and friends whom I consider all of you to be. The purpose of  St.Valentine's Day has always been to let those we care about know that we love them....something we should be doing every day as was exhibited in the life of St. Valentine...see his brief history below:

Valentinus, a priest in Rome and a physician, was beheaded there under Claudius the Goth on February 14 and buried on the Flaminian Way, where a basilica was erected in 350. On the same day in the Roman Martyrology is celebrated another Valentine who was bishop of Interamna (Terni) about sixty miles from Rome and who was scourged, imprisoned, and then beheaded there by order of Placidus, prefect of Interamna. Tradition has it that the two are the same, ------that the bishop of Interamna had been a Roman priest who became bishop and was sentenced there and brought to Rome for his execution. The custom of sending Valentines on February 14 stems from a medieval belief that birds began to pair on that day.

Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship 12 gods. To be a Christian was a crime punishable by death, but the threat of death did not frighten Valentinus who was imprisoned. During his last weeks the jailer asked him if he would teach his daughter Julia: she hadbeen blind since birth. Valentinus agreed and described to her the beauty of God's creation, and taught her how to pray. Julia believed what the Saint taught her and asked God to cure her blindness. As Valentinus and Julia prayed for this, a bright light shown in the jail and she was healed.

On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia telling her to always stay close to God. He was Martyred the next day, February 14, 270 A.D. It is thought that she planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.

Though I love and care for my family and all of you.....my real love this Valentine's Day is for our Heavenly Father who has so loved and cared for me and my family. For some of us the grief is still real and raw and there will always be difficult days for that's what happens when you lose someone you loved.....But through the bare trees of grief and mourning I catch glimpses of His Love in my heart rising like a new day dawning.

In His grip,
Papa Tripp
Here's my Valentine song for all of you..My love to you all....


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Papa Tripp,

Boy! We feel loved...thank you so much for your kindness, again.

I keep thinking that Spring is just around the corner and your picture brings that to mind....and I also think of the scripture in John where Jesus said that "unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." So I think of Barbara's life being a seed and her death producing many seeds, much life. You have a beautiful attitude and even through this sorrowful, painful time, you are bringing life-giving encouragement to many and demonstrating our Heavenly Father's love.

May God Bless you this day, Tripp, and continue to bring you comfort and continue to use you as you walk the path he has laid before you.

Love and prayers...
Debbie K.

Posted by: Debbie Kierstead | February 14, 2013 11:34 PM

Thank you, Tripp, for continuing to post out of love and concern for all of us. You are "other" centered and so was Barbara.

Posted by: Judy | February 15, 2013 7:31 PM

Thanks for continuing to encourage others even in the midst of your own pain. May God's strong arms of love draw you close to Him every day.

Posted by: Debbie | February 16, 2013 4:33 AM

I saw you the other day picking the boys up from church and I thought about how hard Valentine's day would be without my husband. I wished there was something I could have done to make that easier for your family and prayed that God would find some way for you to feel some of the love that Barbara always had for you and the deep love our heavenly father has for you as well.

Posted by: Diane | February 16, 2013 2:37 PM

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