On this Valentine’s Day

Love Sonnet to Jesus

How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways…
I love Thee for giving me breath to praise.
I love Thee for all that you’ve done for me…
In deepest love, you bore my sin penalty.

And through what you have done on a cruel cross,
I can pray in faith and you’ll still “come across”
With answers to prayer as I continue to trust.
Your power has a loving and faithful thrust.

You provide shelter, food, and clothing to wear,
And commission me to the challenge with others to share
Of the things of this life and that which is enduring–
The Gospel of Christ, our eternal, strong mooring.

I love Thee for causing your goodness to reflect
Through family, friends, and teachers I respect.
I love Thee for your Word, which teaches right and wrong;
And my soul is pointed to you through beautiful song.

I love Thee for showing me your artistic impression
As seen in what you’ve created with gifted expression.
I love Thee for giving me the Holy Spirit,
My Comforter–not an audible voice, yet I can hear it.

I love that I can trust that by you I’m being led,
So intimately I’m known, even the number of hairs on my head.
I love Thee for your compassion–the goodness of your ways…
I love Thee that you promise to be with me all of my days.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

“…He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.’”
Hebrews 13:5

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