Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Is anybody else wondering where January went? Are you prepared with fun activities for Valentine’s Day? How about activities that are Biblically based or share the story of the true St. Valentine? As with many holidays, there are a wealth of resources out there, but many are commercialized and lack the type of information I want to share with my children. Friends and Heroes offers some great free resources for St. Valentine’s Day.
As they note – The real St. Valentine was a champion of true love, a Christian bishop with a strong faith.
He was imprisoned and sentenced to death for helping Christian soldiers to marry. This was against the orders of Roman Emperor Claudius II who had outlawed marriage because he believed that the result would be stronger and better soldiers. While St. Valentine was in prison, Asterius his jailer, asked Valentine to use his faith to heal his daughter, Julia, who was blind. As a result both Asterius and Julia were converted to Christianity and Valentine fell in love with Julia. The night before his execution he left a final note for Julia and signed it, “from your Valentine.” Sadly, he was executed on 14 February, 270 AD and buried at the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia planted a pink blossomed almond tree near his grave and that it is still there today as a symbol of lasting love and friendship.
Head over to Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with Friends and Heroes and download their free resources like a Valentine’s Wordsearch that reveals what the Bible says about love in 1 Corinthians 13 as well as St. Valentine’s Day Bible Flashcards.
In addition to the great downloadable resources, there is a very touching video that reminds us (adults and children) what true love is really about and God’s love for us. Don’t miss this opportunity to share these great resources with your family. In addition to being great resources, they’re free. Get your free St. Valentine’s Resources from Friends and Heroes.