Are there words in any language that can adequately communicate the depths and nature of God’s love and grace towards us?

Tonight was beautiful.

Call me silly, but for so many years I have looked forward with longing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the love of my life. I know perfectly well that there is nothing in and of this day itself that makes it more holy or divine. I know it is a day that sits alongside every other day in the year. But somewhere deep in my heart, for whatever reason I may never really understand, I have dreamed for this opportunity to lavishly bless and love that one special girl.

Now that I am engaged to be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, Hannah, I was excited to finally be able to celebrate with her…but due to unforeseen circumstances, leading up to this day, it began looking bleak that I would be able to see her, let alone spend Valentine’s with her. It was discouraging to say the least. My expectations had been denied, and I began to wrestle and doubt God’s goodness.

I shared these struggles with my best friend and sweetheart who so graciously exhorted me to look to Jesus and His sure promises, to trust Him and believe His Word–despite the disappointment. She reassured me that her love was constant regardless of “when” we got to celebrate together. I know how undeserving I am of this woman’s love!

But God, in His goodness and faithfulness, made a way through the hardness and stubbornness of my own heart of self-pity and paved the way for us to get together.

With only a few hours notice, I rushed to the store for some last minute ingredients and snagged a couple gifts, just because, and made it home to my sisters and brothers who so willingly helped me prepare a sweet and romantic, candlelight dinner and setting for my lovely fiancée. I couldn’t have done it without them, and am so grateful for each one of their giving hearts!

Hannah and I enjoyed sweet fellowship with one another, prayed together, read Scripture and experienced more of God’s grace and kindness towards us as we shared with one another continued stories of how He has proven Himself to us in Truth, over and over again.

I marvel at His faithfulness and goodness despite my own shortcomings.

Hannah, we have walked through many trials, but Jesus has never failed us. Thank you for sharing that truth with me again. The Lord is good. You are pure, righteous and completely whole in Christ Jesus. You are justified in the sight of Almighty God through faith and by His grace, because of His great mercy and love.

I see His glory shining in and through you. You are so beautiful inside and out. I am overwhelmed at how lovely you are; He has truly made in you a masterpiece, a lily among the brambles, a dove in the cleft of the rock, a sweet drop of morning dew in a desert wasteland. Glory to His Name! May His praise ever be on our lips, and may we always seek first His Kingdom and righteousness that we might be drenched in the glories of His grace!

I love you, my darling.

“Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.” (Song of Solomon 1:15)

“As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.” (Song of Solomon 2:2)

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