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Dian Moore
'Tis the Season
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February ‘Tis the Season for Matters of the Heart, Predicting the Weather, History, Books and Religious Observances
By Dian Moore

February is an odd month – it’s the only one with 28 days three years out of four, and a time of year when a rodent is asked what the next six weeks of weather will be like. Potatoes are recognized and celebrated, and around the world, many countries observe Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day began under mysterious conditions and debates still take place today on its actual beginnings. One story credits Saint Valentine, a priest who violated Roman law by marrying Christian couples against an edict issued by Claudius. The ruler believed soldiers were better fighters when not worried about families at home. Valentine's defiance of the law led to his own loss of life, accomplished by a nasty death.

However Valentine’s Day came to be, it is universally accepted as a day to celebrate love.

Celebrating Love Around the World

In the United States you would give romantic gifts, including cards, candy and flowers. American children usually exchange valentines with their friends and there may even be a classroom party. You would say, "I love you."

In Britain you would be saying, "I love you", too. Different regions have different customs, but most commonly, cards and gifts of flowers and chocolates are standard. One country-wide custom has children sing special songs to receive a reward of fruit, money or candy.

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Love Is In the Air of Condition
By Lynda Schab

Brrrr. Dan is freezing. It feels like the air conditioner is on. But he knows that's not the case, because it's the middle of winter. Maybe the furnace isn't working. Nope, that's not it. He just checked the thermostat and it's seventy-five degrees inside. He puts his hand next to the vent and feels warm air blasting out of it. Hmmm. What could be making Dan so cold?

Here comes Susan, his wife. Maybe she has some ideas. "So did you fix the car or not?" she asks with obvious irritation.

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Together for Eternity
By Karen Treharne

"Good-bye sweetheart." Nick gave Jenny a big hug and kissed her on the cheek. "The next four weeks will go quickly, I promise. And then we’ll be together again."

Jenny swiped at a tear with the side of her finger. They had never been apart before, and she felt vulnerable. Jenny waved a tenuous farewell. It wasn’t forever, after all, she told herself as she returned to the car. I’m just being silly. She took a moment to pray for patience and peace before leaving the parking garage for home. As she drove into the driveway, she smiled at her earlier anxiety. "What a foolish girl I’ve been!"

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Union of Souls
By Al Boyce

Flesh of my flesh
Bone of my bone
With you by my side
I need never walk alone
You are the flame to my coals
Union of souls

I love you, as Jesus loves the church
I love you, as Jesus loves the church
His grace refines us like gold
Union of souls
Union of souls

Bone of my bone
Flesh of my flesh
I find new strength
In your tenderness
Forever let me hold you close
Union of souls
Union of souls

I love you, as Jesus loves the church
I love you, as Jesus loves the church
His grace refines us like gold
Union of souls
Union of souls

Oh I praise the God of glory
You're the joy of my life
Surely he has blessed me
By making you my wife

Flesh of my flesh
Blood of my blood
Let everyone witness
Our everlasting love
Help us make each other whole
Union of souls
Union of souls

I love you, as Jesus loves the church
I love you, as Jesus loves the church
His grace refines us like gold
Union of souls
Union of souls

To hear this song, go to http://www.soundclick.com/alanboyce

Al Boyce wrote for the Associated Press for 14 years, but it was only when he started writing for God that it became a passion. He wrote "Union of Souls" for his wife, Cindy, who has been the inspiration for so many of the best things in his life.