Valentine’s Day as a single… I remember. It was 2016 and I had just completed six surgeries in ten months the year before. Divorced since 2008 I was no stranger to facing Valentine’s Day alone. Some years were easier than others. A few of them were gut-wrenchingly painful. Sometimes the loneliness would physically make my skin hurt.
One thing I did do consistently on this day is to pray for my married couple friends. Of course, I prayed for the husband I had yet to meet, and spent a lot of time with Jesus.
Sunday sermons around Valentine’s Day usually carried the theme of the husband and wife relationship. Pastor Joe and Lori Champion of Celebration Church in Georgetown were and still are very tender to the singles. I remember specifically last year when Pastor Joe came up to me and my single friend, Susan McLerran, and ask how the sermon was. He really wanted to know our thoughts and feedback as single women. He and Pastor Lori’s sensitivity helped ease the aloneness.
This past Sunday at Living Waters, Pastor Paul preached on serving and being a servant. He referenced one of the most beautiful examples of how Jesus served his disciples… the entire story is so beautiful so, here it is.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
This is only my second Valentine’s Day with Mark in my life. Last year we were engaged and this year we are married. So, I understand the loneliness. I understand waiting for God to bring that special someone into your life.
I want to encourage each and everyone of you whether you are single or married in a struggling relationship to keep your eyes on Jesus and hold tight to the promises He has gifted us in scripture.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
If God has not removed the desires of your heart to be married or to be happily married, please be encouraged that He is working and His timing is always perfect. It is our heart to pray for singles, because we were. Most importantly, we did not want it to be in our own power but by the power and will of God.
Trust me when I say God will prove faithful in and through your life and relationships when you trust Him. How do we know? Because Mark and I are living proof.
God bless each one of you♥️and know we are praying for you!
Mark & Missy
In response to The Daily Prompt – Suspicious
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