By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell
Did you read your valentines? I hope so, but it’s not too late if you missed them. Here are a few I received that I’ll share with you, because these were sent to you, too!
Our love grows the more we share it. Please share my love with others. I love you deeply.
I love you and I care for you. Share that love and let all that you do be done in my love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
–Be my Valentine…
…Love me with all your heart, your mind, your soul, your strength. And love each other in my name…
…And I will be eternally yours,
Ask in love—ask me for anything—and it will be yours.
I love you,
Come follow me. Come spend your life with me. Come spend eternity with me.
I promise never to forsake you.
–Be my Valentine.
Know that I love you—it’s why I sent my son into the world to offer you grace, to die for you, to pay for your sins—so that you could be with me, forever in my loving arms.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
These are forever Valentines. If you missed them on Valentine’s Day, enjoy them now. Better yet, read the long love letters to you in your favorite Bible. Enjoy them now. Enjoy them forever. Happy Forever Valentine’s Day in Christ!
By Paul Simrell
The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
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