Revisited: Valentine’s cards for the holy

While doing research for a recent post about godly websites, I came across a selection of Valentine’s Day poems designed for those who tend to see all holidays through religious glasses. (Just wait to see what they’ve got cooked up for Washington’s Birthday next week). These sentiments in rhyme would fit just perfectly on that special card you present to your loved one today, though I guess they’d make some pretty good hymns too.

While the construction and meter and tone were all quite proper, I thought I could do just as good a job incorporating Holy imagery into messages suited for consenting adults. Let’s see what you think. Two of these poems were written by a legitimate Christian lyricist and two were written by me. See if you can tell which is which.

God’s Valentine Gift

God’s Valentine gift of love to us
Was not a bunch of flowers;
It wasn’t candy, or a book
To while away the hours.

His gift was to become a man,
So He could freely give
His sacrificial love for us,
So you and I could live.

He gave us sweet salvation, and
Instruction, good and true–
To love our friends and enemies
And love our Savior, too.

So as we give our Valentines,
Let’s thank our Lord and King;
The reason we have love to give
Is that He gave everything.


Way Better Than Your Spouse

When we awake to celebrate
This very special day
We look across the bed and see
The love we want to stay

But greater than that love is one
Who we can’t really see
We’re told He lives up in the sky
Near Alpha Centauri

The one we love on earth is dear
But we know they’ll end in death
They’re hardly perfect, that’s for sure
From here I smell their breath

But up above the loved one is
The one who wields the rod
For He demands devotion pure
I think they call him God

You Are Often In My Thoughts

Love is a command
That Christians are called to do;
Our Lord says “Love your God,
And love your neighbor, too.”

Some people are easy to love;
They are human rays of sun;
They light up every life,
And encourage everyone.

You are in that group,
So I sincerely want to say:
You are often in my thoughts;
Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Food of Love is Nutritious

My Valentine is special
She’s smart and pretty too
I like the way she does her hair
And the color of her shoe

Her eyes are like the stars that shine
Her ears are also nice
Her nose is pert, her brows are plucked
Her smell is like some spice

But these are things that don’t mean much
Unless you’re into one
Who spends the time God gave them
Forsaking Cinnabon

For eating too much high-fat food
Like cake and cream and cheeses
Will make them fat and gross to us
Unlike a certain Jesus

He kept His looks and kept His soul
He never tried to lose
The weight he gained from bread and fish
He was the King of Jews

In such a role he loved us all
The weak, the sick, the poor
We love him back as much we think
As we love the sacred ‘Smore

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