The British Library in London, has the oldest valentine. It is a poem written in French in 1415 by Charles Duke of Orleans to his wife.
The poem was sent while he was in jail in the Tower of London.
The British Library also has the oldest known valentine in the English language written in 1477 by Margery Brews. She wrote this for her fickle fiancé.
Over one billion valentines will be sold throughout the world this year. It is estimated that the average male spends $100.00 for flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day.
Selecting a valentine is not easy. The perfect valentine should be from the heart. There is no such thing as a mushy valentine. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. Expressing how we feel for those we love.
When we were first married I found it difficult to find a card that expressed how I truly felt.
So I bought several cards and placed them in different places in the house. Some were cute, others serious. The message came out loud and clear: “I Love You.”
On this Valentine’s Day, whether you give a hand-written valentine or find the greatest card you’ve ever seen, you share your love and that’s what this holiday is all about.
Sending valentines originates long before the first century. The best is actually a Book of valentines, written by Our Heavenly Father.
Throughout the pages, His Love for us flows. Reading the Bible is like one Giant valentine from the One who Loves us most.
So if you find yourself without a valentine or feeling low, just reach for your Bible and as you read how much He Loves you, it will warm your heart.
Happy Valentine’s Day.