By the time I was four years old I had composed my first poem in the form of a song. I can still remember the words and the tune. That’s probably because I sang it over and over and over and, well, you get the picture but it was to the enjoyment of my grandmother and mother, or so they said. It was short and it was about love. It went, “Oh beware of the little white dove. Because he’s coming for all of your love.” I don’t remember why I wrote this but I must’ve been in love with something.


Our world is filled with adages, old and new, and thoughts of all kinds about love. And we all know where true love originated. In fact, true love is what the greatest commandments from our God is all about. Jesus is asked about this in Matthew 22:35-39.


He replies, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If God says it, we should do it, especially if He commands it. And I don’t have any problem loving. It’s always good to be crazy in love with someone or something, somehow.


I’m a sucker for true love stories also. I’m a romantic at heart. And I remember writing the popular Elizabeth Barrett Browning phrase, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” on several, if not many, Valentine’s days growing up. She must have been a romantic, too.


Another popular phrase this time of the year, “Love is in the air,” originated from a song with the same name. It was a 1977 disco song and sung by John Paul Young. Since then it has been used as a movie and TV show episode title as well as a favorite everyday expression for that feel good feeling we have when we or someone we know is in loooovvve. But do you know how February became the love month or even know how February 14 became Valentine’s Day?


It’s February, love is in the air.

It’s time to show your loved one just how much you care.

Valentine’s Day was started, about 270 A.D. in Rome, by a true love story,

From Valentinus and his love for God and God’s Glory.

You see, Valentinus wouldn’t bow to other gods, so off to prison he did go.

But a jailer showed compassion, and Valentinus he got to know.

The jailer told Valentinus about his daughter, Julia, and that she was born blind.

He asked Valentinus to teach her anything that came to his mind.

Being a man of knowledge, he taught her Rome‘s history, and arithmetic too.

He also taught her about God and everything, for her, God wanted to do.

And from the story, we know, Valentinus and Julia fell in love.

It was a love so deep, because it came from God above.

She saw beauty from his eyes, and from him felt a strength to begin.

It didn’t take long for their love to grow, and for her, a love for God within.

So Valentinus prayed with her to be saved and that moment God sent her light.

Not only light in her heart but also light in her sight!

They wouldn’t have long, the fourteenth was his execution date.

They would have to rely on something like the phrase, “True love waits.”

On the Eve of his death he sent her a note,

“Stay close to God, from your Valentine,” he wrote.

After he died, Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree in Rome.

It was to keep their love growing, until together in heaven, their forever home.

A beautiful bride she was never to be since execution took him as was known and foreseen.

That true love story from 270 A.D., will be celebrated forever because of them on

February fourteen.

So on this Valentine’s Day, remember who you love,

But remember most of all our God up above.

And an adage for you until we meet again,

Is, “love is in the air,” from the beginning to the end.

Labor of Love
by Carole Gilbert

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