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2 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 14 February 2014

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with the Rev Dr Lesley Carroll.

  • Rev Lesley Carroll

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    Carnations are sweet And so are you.

    And so are they That send you this

    And when we meet We’ll have a kiss.


    Yes it’s Valentines Day and all sorts of corny but wonderful rhymes will be inscribed playfully on cards that will drop through front doors and bring a smile to the face for the one for whom it was meant. There is nothing to match the feeling that you are loved, nothing to match the knowledge that your life and what is in it matters to someone else, that you matter to them and they to you. For people of all ages, for Valentine’s Day is not just for the young, the feeling of being loved and of loving quite simply cannot be equaled.


    With that unmatched feeling comes a joy that anticipates all will be well with the world because love abounds. But we don’t have to live life very long to know that the feeling dissipates all to quickly or is interrupted by the raw experiences of life. This is also the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden, which took place on the night of the 13th and 14th February 1945,  and it’s one of the most controversial moments in the history of the Allied campaign of World War II. Many civilians lost their lives. One survivor recounted what she saw:


    To my left I suddenly see a woman. I can see her to this day and shall never forget it. She carries a bundle in her arms. It is a baby. She runs, she falls, and the child flies in an arc into the fire.


    Lord, today we  celebrate love and the difference it can make. But remind us too of  the depth of human suffering and help us  to pledge ourselves to costly love that makes the difference to all human relationships.  Amen


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