A Valentine to My Family

This post is just for fun…free-vintage-valentine-cards

To my Poe-quoting kids, “A Valentine” is a different glimpse into the usually dark mind of Poe.  I like that he incorporates a puzzle into the poem.  Reminds me of Graeme Base’s Animalia.

The  Wilcox poem, “Love’s Coming” presents a delightful comparison between expectations and reality.

In searching through poetry and sayings to share with you I was sometimes amused, sometimes confused, and occasionally saddened by some of the stuff that’s out there.  So I decided to write my own poem just for you!

Enjoy!!

‘This Valentine Poem from Edgar Allen Poe was originally titled “To Her Whose Name Is Written Below.” The poem was for Frances Sargent Osgood and her name is within the poem. To find the name, take the first letter of the first line, the second letter of the second line, the third letter of the third line, and so on until the end.’

A Valentine

Edgar Allan Poe

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasure
Divine- a talisman- an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The words- the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet’s, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando-
Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.
Source: A Valentine By Edgar Allan Poe, Famous Love Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-valentine#ixzz2tETnezWi
Family Friend Poems

Love’s Coming

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

She had looked for his coming as warriors come,
With the clash of arms and the bugle’s call;
But he came instead with a stealthy tread,
Which she did not hear at all.

She had thought how his armor would blaze in the sun,
As he rode like a prince to claim his bride:
In the sweet dim light of the falling night
She found him at her side.

She had dreamed how the gaze of his strange, bold eye
Would wake her heart to a sudden glow:
She found in his face the familiar grace
Of a friend she used to know.

She had dreamed how his coming would stir her soul,
As the ocean is stirred by the wild storm’s strife:
He brought her the balm of a heavenly calm,
And a peace which crowned her life.
Source: Love’s Coming By Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Famous Love Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/loves-coming-by-ella-wheeler-wilcox#ixzz2tEU0u7SQ
Family Friend Poems

“A Valentine to My Family”

By Deborah Talbert, otherwise known as mom

Valentine poems seem to say
In such a convoluted way
Sentiments for you to weigh
The measure of true love

He loves her like a fine spring day
And she his love will n’er betray
So let sweet words all fears allay
Expressions of true love

Ah! Now is seen his feet of clay
Her constancy has fled away
Is there any hope that they
Remember now true love?

A glimpse of joy, a sparkling ray
Reminds that love is not passé
Commitment, not just today
Forever is true love

So take this little poem, pray
When young and spry, when old and gray
Embrace the gift that you too may
Celebrate true love

picture credit: http://www.freeprettythingsforyou.com/2013/01/pretty-diy-vintage-valentine-wreath-free-vintage-valentine-cards/

Fighting Christians – Taking the Wrong for the Cause of Christ

Christ’s Example

I have been reading the gospels again and have been moved by Christ’s example of humility.  In the hours before His crucifixion Jesus was accused, abandoned, afflicted and abased.  When he was reviled with hateful taunts, He did not respond in kind.  When He was accused and later beaten, He remained silent.  He was provoked, pierced, prodded, and in pain, yet He did not lash out at those who so wrongfully and shamefully treated Him.  He endured this ‘contradiction of sinners against Himself’ for the far greater cause of bringing salvation to mankind through His sufferings.

The Bigger Picture

We are all guilty at times of losing sight of the bigger picture.  It’s not to our credit to love those that love us.  We are also supposed to love those who treat us unfairly.  Wow!  Is that ever hard to do!

In our society it’s considered weakness to back down from a disagreement.  After all, isn’t it important to make sure everybody knows the real facts about an incident?  Or knows who really came up with that great idea?  Or takes our side?  Or that I’m in charge?

It’s More Important to be Christlike than to Be Right

No.  It’s more important to mirror Christlikness than to be right.  Can that be true?  Sadly, we have been conditioned to plant our feet and in no uncertain terms let others around us know that we will not budge.  But that response to conflict is not God-honoring.

I want to challenge you:   Can you take the wrong – wrong behavior, wrong accusations, wrong ideas people have about you for the cause of Christ?

Church Splits

We shake our heads when we hear about churches that split because people can’t agree on the color of new carpet.   Does anyone remember the color chosen?  Do the stories praise the person who was ‘right’?  No, the reputation of Christ and His followers is diminished by this kind of insistence on having one’s own way.  People only remember that Christians can’t get along and they are not drawn to Christ by this fractious arguing.

Expectations

We are children of God and have various responsibilities in the church.  We can’t run away from this or change this.  Right or wrong, people know this about us and because of it have even higher expectations of godliness from us.

I want to challenge you to pray about and study the passages which speak of Christ’s humility and deference to the Father’s will.  I want to challenge you to study the Scriptures which tell us to take the wrong for the cause of Christ.  And then I urge you to practice on each other.

Don’t Be Known as Fighting Christians

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Don’t be known as fighting Christians.  Our testimony before a watching world should be one of love and tender deference to each other.  Our behavior toward each other may be used of God to draw a wanderer back or push a struggler farther away.

He Said, She Said

Our youngest daughter absolutely delighted to have her aunt and uncle here in May.  She particularly loved hearing her father and his sister give their individual accounts of the same childhood event.  They were both involved in the event yet had WIDELY differing versions of it.

When two believers see something differently take time to ask yourself if you might possibly have misinterpreted or gotten it wrong.  Don’t automatically think you are right and the other person is wrong.  Give the other person the benefit of the doubt.

Humility and Deference

By God’s grace let us love each other with humility and deference and allow our relationship as believers become a sweet savor of godliness to each other and to a watching world.