Little is known about the man commemorated by the Anglican Church as Saint Valentine (Valentinus). Just that he died as a martyr in the 14th Century in the north of Rome.
What we do know, however, is that Someone Else died whom, presumably, Valentinus died for. That One who died died for all of us.
Jesus Christ is not just the Savior, not just the Lord of all creation, but also the God who is the Author of the Great Romance. It is a story in which we all find ourselves. Some of us are the Bride, some of us are villains, some of us are unknowingly walking toward being rescued by the Bridegroom, while others are unwittingly walking the opposite direction, against the Groom’s desire to an end that will be a pain-filled and hopeless eternally.
YOU are part of a story in which the Author desires YOU so much that He wrote Himself into the story as the Hero. As the Great Sacrifice. As the Bridegroom. It is YOU He is pursuing. It is YOU that is His great love. Allow yourself be captured by your Faithful Pursuer. After all, He gave Himself completely for you, now, do the Groom and yourself the honor of a forever relationship. Accept His love and His enduring gift of forgiveness and right-standing for all of the remainder of eternity (without end).