Well, after Emperor Claudius passed his law, Valentine secretly
marriage ceremonies. He
would whisper the words of the ceremony, while listening for soldiers
on the steps outside. One night, he did hear footsteps.
The couple he was marrying escaped, but he was caught He was
thrown in jail and told that his punishment was death. Valentine tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what happened?
Many young people came to the jail to visit him. They threw
flowers and notes up to his window. They wanted him to know that
they, too, believed in love. One of these young people was the
daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit
him in his cell. They often sat and talked for hours. She
believed he did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and performing
marriage ceremonies. On the day he was to die, he left her a
note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. He signed it,
"Love from your Valentine."
That note started the custom of exchanging love notes on Valentine's
Day. It was written on the day he
died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people
remember Valentine, who became known as "Saint Valentine." But most importantly, they
think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor
Claudius, they remember how he tried to
stand in the way of love, and they laugh -- because they know that
love can't be beaten!
Love is very important. The
Bible tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8), and 1 John 3:18
says, " My
children, our love should not be only
words and talk. Our love must be true love. And we should show that
love by what we do." My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in