Greater love

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(flowers from a street vendor Grafton St. Dublin Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

I bought you some flowers, well sort of, for Valentine’s day.
I wanted to say thank you.
I want to thank you for taking time out of your day and and of your life in order to stop by here….this little corner of the world I call my own..here on cookiecrumbs.
Your visits, your reading, your commenting, your support, your friendship are each deeply appreciated.
All of which has been your special gift to me…and means so very much.

The inception of the recognition of Valentine’s day being based on the martyred death of a 3rd century Christian, should never be lost in the hoopla and the hype of the overtly commercialized “holiday” we know today.

That this modern day recognition of Valentine’s Day, a day to honor, recognize and profess our undying love to those we hold dear or better yet, hope to dearly hold…
This day designated for spending, buying and bestowing…a day of all things red, beating hearts, flowers, chocolate, devotion and professing…
A day which should never overshadow that Valentine’s day, a day named for a saint of the same name and of which is certainly a day of love, is based on the selfless love of giving one’s life for another…with the greatest example being that of the blood shed by one who hung upon a cross…for you and for me…
for there has never been any greater love….

St Valentine was a bishop, and is thought to have been a physician.
He was arrested for giving aid to Christian prisoners awaiting martyrdom, and
while imprisoned he converted the jailer by restoring sight to the jailer’s daughter.
St. Valentine refused to deny Christ before the Emperor Claudius in the year 280 and won the
jeweled crown of martyrdom by his faithful witness.
The feast of St Valentine was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I

(as seen on a Catholic prayer card)

13 comments on “Greater love

  1. Nicodemas says:

    Thank you Julie for the beauty and encouragement you share.

  2. David says:

    Thank you Julie. It is always a pleasure when the email hits my inbox with your latest post. I might not get to read it straightaway depending on where I am and what I am doing, but I do read and appreciate every post.

    I have been to Ireland many times, with the next visit already scheduled for March, but I think you have seen more of Ireland in your visit last year than I ever have. And still you have not run out of photographs for your posts!

    Love and blessings, David

    • Thank you David—I feel as if I may be running out of good shots, but I still have a good many more pictures. It just seem that I don’t want to take pictures here anymore, just preferring to use the pics from Ireland… as they are the benchmark—I want to go back, yet I don’t see that as possible or feasible in my little world right now—yet God knows the desires of my heart, and perhaps one day ๐Ÿ™‚
      I do appreciate our friendship David and I figured Valentine’s day was as good a day as any to tell those, whose friendships was bourn on the writings of this blog, that they are indeed thought of daily and there is a deep appreciation and affection for those friendships..

  3. Lynda says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you Julie! You show great love by sharing your thoughts with your readers and by graciously responding to our comments. Blessings and prayers!

  4. Happy Valentine’s day, Julie! Thanks for the flowers. I appreciate you and your posts more than you’ll ever know. Love and hugs, N ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜xoxoxo

  5. Melissa says:

    This picture is beyond amazing! May I use it for my background on my computer?

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