What would you say love is? This is the most amazing example I have ever heard, and it is also true.
It was at the time of the Vietnam war, when a young American soldier, Dave Roever, suffered 40 per cent burns and was thought to be dead.
He was placed in a helicopter, which was under fire, and managed to make a noise to show he was alive, to the great shock of the pilot.
They survived and took him to a hospital, badly injured and disfigured, having lost half his skull.
There were 13 other young soldiers on the ward, also disfigured by phosphorous burns.
His 19-year-old wife and high school sweet heart came to visit him.
She didn’t turn and leave in horror as many other visitors to the ward had done.
She looked for his name at the bottom of the bed, and matched it with his dog tag.
On finding her young husband, she bent over and kissed him, saying: “Davey, I love you.”
Dave was the only man on that ward to survive.
This was an enormous test of Brenda Roever’s love – and happily, they went on to have two children, even though the doctors thought his injuries were too severe.
God’s love for each one of us is even more amazing and true.
In the Bible, in John 4 v 9 and 10, it says: “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”
This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Happy Valentine’s Day.