Valentine’s Day – Let’s Talk Heart to Heart

Valentine’s Day–Let’s Talk Heart To Heart.

The Origin of Valentine’s Day:

There are many theories about the origin of Saint Valentine’s Day, which is commonly known as Valentine’s Day.

Probably the most popular, is the belief that it commemorates the martyrdom, in the year 269 AD, of a Catholic priest, Valentine of Rome, who lived in the time of the Roman Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor’s rule was that his soldiers should stay single while serving in his army. Valentine defied that rule, by secretly marrying soldiers to their sweethearts and paid for his defiance with his life.

Some believe that it refers to, Lupercalia, an Ancient Roman Festival, observed February 13–15; an archaic rite connected to fertility.

Another theory has Valentine’s Day attributed to the famous English medieval writer Chaucer:
“The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement de Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.  Chaucer wrote:

“For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make”.

[“For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”] “

Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (1600–1601)

In 1797, a British publisher issued “The Young Man’s Valentine Writer”, which contained scores of suggested sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own.

Paper Valentines became so popular in England in the early 19th century that they were assembled in factories. Fancy Valentines were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid-19th century.

In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts in the United States. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as an occasion for giving jewellery. This idea has spread to other countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia

There is a very detailed Treatise on Valentine’s Day in Wikipedia which is well worth reading.

 

Valentine’s Day Symbols:

Pink and red are the colours most often associated with Valentine’s Day .

Heart shapes are used to decorate many things, such as cards, wrapping paper and  gift boxes. Red roses are a particular symbol of Valentine’s Day

The romance associated with this day is represented by statues and images of Cupid, the mischievous small winged baby like character, with his bow and arrow. In mythology, Cupid uses his arrow to pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love.

 

Why Valentine’s Day is Important:

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The day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship.

How will you celebrate Valentines Day and who will be your Valentine?

My most precious Valentine is my Wife, Ann. My two daughters also feature in my observance of this Day.

It is great that we set aside a day such as Valentine’s Day  to honour those who are important to us, but what is more important is to make those people feel special every day.

When was the last time, for no other reason than that you meant it, did you say “I love you!“ to your Valentine?

When did you do something unexpected for your Valentine’s pleasure or comfort without expecting anything in return?

When did you stop and buy her (or Him) a bunch of flowers, her (his) favourite sweet or some other inexpensive gift?

 All these actions say “You are important to me!”

Make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable one yet for your Valentine.

 

Doctor Bill

 

Father’s Day – A Son’s Tribute to a Great Father

This is Part 3 of my Articles on Father’s Day

A Son’s Tribute to a Great Father.

I was fortunate to have a gentle, yet strong father who taught me the importance of honesty and integrity. He taught me the principles for life and living as set out in The Bible.  He not only taught me with words, he taught me by example. I have every reason to honour his memory.

My Dad

My Dad came from humble beginnings.  His father was a regular soldier in the British Army, who lost his life in 1917 during the Battle of the Somme.

My Dad was aged 12 and the eldest of 5 children.  He became the “man of the house” and his formal education ceased.

With his mother, two brothers and two sisters, he emigrated to Australia in the early 1920’s, arriving in Perth in Western Australia.

He worked as a farm hand and helped to support his mother and siblings.

He married my Mother one year before the onset of the Great Depression of 1929. I was born  one month before the onset of that great financial crash in October of that year.

Having a job during that very stressful time was extremely important and difficult to obtain. Nearly one third of the population was un-employed.  My Dad now had a Wife and two sons to support. Keeping a job if you had one was essential.

His honesty and integrity was really put to the test, when he was instructed to “cook the books” of the Company by which he was employed.

My Dad refused!  He was sacked from his job. He now found himself on “Sustenance work”  This is similar to a “Work for the Dole Scheme”. Workers were paid a pittance. They had to work wherever they were sent on Government projects. It was hard manual labour.

After the Second World War, My father worked on the Parks and Gardens around Perth for the Perth City Council. He befriended the many alcoholics who frequented these places and helped them physically, materially and emotionally. Also as a committed Christian,  he endeavoured to give them spiritual guidance. He was greatly admired by “the down and outs” of Perth.

After progressing through various more responsible jobs with the Council, his reliability, honesty and integrity were rewarded by an appointment as  “The Lord Mayor’s Orderly”.  He was responsible for organizing all receptions, given by the Lord Mayor, for visiting Dignitaries to the City of Perth.

On one occasion, when the Guest of Honour at a State Congress for my Dad’s Church,  the Lord Mayor commended my father in his Speech, before a crowd of many hundreds. Can you image how proud I was, that he was talking about “My Dad

I expressed my desire to be a doctor from very early childhood. His and my Mother’s  response was, ” study and work hard; although we do not have much money we will do our best to support you”. I achieved  my ambition because of the encouragement and support they gave me.  It was only after his death that I discovered that Dad had sold his one prized, personal possession – a silver cornet- to buy me a book to help me in my studies.

Can you understand why I cherish the memory of a great father

I hope that you, my reader can remember your father with pride and pleasure and honour him on his day- Father’s Day.

Whether you have memories of a great father or the memories of your father are not happy ones, may I commend to you the only “Perfect Father” – God Himself.  If you follow His example and His advice, you can be a great father.

64323: Fathering Like the Father: Becoming the Dad God Wants You to Be Fathering Like the Father: Becoming the Dad God Wants You to Be

By Kenneth O. Gangel & Jeffrey S. Gangel / Baker

Fathering comes naturally to God. The rest of us can use some pointers. Who better to provide them than the Father who truly knows best? Following that reasoning, father-and-son authors Kenn and Jeff Gangel explore God’s ways of forgiving, communicating with, disciplining, and loving his children. Each chapter is packed with amusing anecdotes and personal vignettes that illustrate how fathers can model godly character for their children. This book will inspire any dad or men’s group with a heavenly perspective on fatherhood.

He wants to be a Father to you if you will only allow Him.

” But to all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust Him to save them” (John 1 : 12 Living Bible )

Happy Father’s Day

Doctor Bill