The Valentine Treasure

The Valentine Treasure

By Nyx Martinez

History books tell us that during the Feast of Lupercalia, an event that evolved into the celebration known as Valentine’s Day, it was the custom for Roman youths to cast lots for a girl to bestow gifts on and court the following year. Today such a random way of selecting a sweetheart has been abandoned. Instead, on February 14th, lovers in many countries give cards and gifts to express their love to the ones they have romantic feelings for.

When I think of Valentine’s Day, one love story in particular comes to mind. It began five years ago.

That Bible has been Chris and Ericka’s source of strength and love, and whenever their relationship seems to thin out again, Chris remembers that day when God gave him a sign through that gift of love.

The gift is highly unusual, Ericka thought with a smile. Neither Chris nor Ericka were particularly religious, so she didn’t quite know what had led her to this gift idea. But as she held the pen to inscribe a dedication inside the front cover of the book, she somehow knew in her heart that this Bible would be the very best gift she could give the person she truly loved.

Not your ordinary valentine gift, but it’s sealed and given with love, she wrote.

Chris was somewhat taken aback by Ericka’s gift. After all, he was a man who had hardly set foot inside a church and regarded Christianity as just another religion.

A couple of years passed. The Bible sat unused on a shelf, while the couple’s relationship went from shaky to crumbling to hopeless.

But it was during this crisis that the book somehow caught Chris’ attention. Opening it and reading random passages, he discovered the missing link in his relationship with Ericka. Why had he not seen it before? There it was, so simple, so clear, so profound. “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Verse after verse and day after day Chris studied the Bible, until at last he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Friend and Savior.

Ericka was surprised when Chris seemed to become addicted to this book. Together, they discovered more hidden treasures that had been there all along. Jesus’ love was binding them closer to each other, helping them to overcome their past mistakes, and teaching them to open their hearts to each other as never before.

That Bible has been Chris and Ericka’s source of strength and love, and whenever their relationship seems to thin out again, Chris remembers that day when God gave him a sign through that gift of love.

The reason this story comes to my mind is because Valentine’s Day is almost here again. Last year on Valentine’s Day my two friends, Chris and Ericka, gave each other another very special gift: They got married.

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