If you’ve been preparing for Valentine’s Day by shopping for roses or elegant chocolates or fancy dinners, you may have had occasion to wonder if it’s possible to put a price on love. We want to give gifts that speak to the depth of our love – but we want to watch our budget, too.

   As the redeemed children of God, we know the exact price of His love, and we know how blessed we are not to have paid it. Jesus paid it for us, on the cross, and gave us the priceless result – eternal life. In answer to the magnitude of that love, we strive for ways to give back to God, ways that speak not just to the depth of our love, but to our desire to spread that love throughout the world.

   Today marks the beginning of our Year of Change Stewardship Campaign. In the spirit of God’s love for us, the Stewardship Committee will be asking us all to consider how best we can reflect and return the love God has shown us.

   It’s easy to think of stewardship as an appeal for increased donations and nothing more. But Martin Luther taught that, as good stewards of God’s gifts, we should give back to Him of our time and talents, not just our treasures. If we truly understand and appreciate how much God loves us, we should be eager to donate financially, knowing that we are strengthening the mission of the church and the school. But we should also be eager to volunteer, to pitch in to help with the work of God’s people, especially in the ways for which we are uniquely suited because of the skills and talents God has given us. 

   Christians celebrate priceless love every day. But this week, let us take special notice, among the chocolates and the flowers, of how that love cleanses and empowers us and fills us with strength and joy. Let us pledge to return that love, to God and to each other, in meaningful stewardship and joyous praise.

          “We give Thee but Thine own,

            Whate'er the gift may be;

            All that we have is Thine alone,

            A trust, O Lord, from Thee.”

                        Walsham How, 1854