One Sunday, a pastor told the congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.
After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.
A very quiet, elderly and saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.
Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said, "I'll take him and him and him."*
As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air. I hope and pray that all who have been blessed by God with a spouse will take the opportunity to let that spouse, whether husband or wife, know just how much they are loved during this time of the year.
And if God has not provided you with a spouse, or if that spouse has now gone on to Heaven and awaits you there, there are still many people who need to be loved with the love of Jesus. I hope you will find someone to love in the name of Christ. For, as John the Apostle says in chapter four of his first New Testament letter (verses 7-12),
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
*SOURCE: This and many other clean Valentine’s Day jokes about love and marriage can be found at this web site: http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Holidays/Valentines-Day/Funny-Valentine-Jokes.aspx?p=6.