You may have noticed something unusual about today: February 14th. Besides this celebration of Cupid’s arrows, it’s also Ash Wednesday—the first day of Lent. Both holidays happen to coincide on the same day this year.

Some of us view Valentine’s Day as the day for excessive chocolate eating, right? And Lent, of course, is often typified by fasting in preparation for Easter. 

At first glance, these special days may seem contradictory, but the more I’ve thought about it the more I appreciate the connection—particularly the one unifying word, love.

If you’ve been around while, you know that chocolate and roses don’t define love. True love involves enduring sacrifice for one another—the greatest sacrifice of all being demonstrated by Jesus:

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Let's spend at least part of today reflecting on what makes Easter and God’s love for us so special:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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