Two dates on last week's calendar were significant. One was planned and the other wasn't. They seem unrelated, but there's a correlation of love, hope and peace in both dates, whether in the midst of death, or while reflecting on God's great love for humanity.
February 10th was the passing of well known and much admired, Shirley Temple Black, dubbed America's Little Darling. She began her acting career when she was just three years old, and is credited with 14 short films, 43 feature films, and over 25 storybook movies. Below, she's pictured on the 1937 cover of Look Magazine at nine years of age. She left an inspiring legacy from her 85 years of life.
[Blog Photo from Croton Library, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.]
People don't usually think about death until faced with its reality. Benjamin Franklin's famous quote states his view of mortality: "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." Whether little or much thought is given to death, everyone knows that at some point in time their earthly life will cease. The paramount matter is whether preparations have been made for eternal life after death.
Which brings me to the second date on last week's calendar - Valentine's Day. I gave and received Valentines with great joy, but the greatest Valentine of all time is found in the Bible. It's a Valentine that dispels doom and gloom, and gives purpose for living both in this life and eternity.
May God bless your week!