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Love is the Ultimate Gift from God

Dear Friend,

When I think of Valentine’s Day, which will soon be with us, I always recall how the disciple John urges us… to love one another because love comes from God. (1 John 4:7) Love is indeed His greatest gift. And if you think about it more deeply love has many meanings for each of us. To mention a few…

Love is

the trust on a child’s face…
having a friend you can depend on …
realising that we all have our own hopes and dreams …
reaching out to help another human being …
a hug when you really need one …
someone to share precious moments with …
giving someone the security of knowing you
believe in her/him

While we all agree love begins in the heart, I like to think that it starts in the soul because it is divinely inspired. It does come from God.

At The Salvation Army we are acutely aware how the response to our care – from the innocent children through to the frail and aged – is always one of unconditional love, no matter what they’ve been through. They know instinctively that they can put their trust in us. For many of the youngsters we are the only ‘Mommy’ they’ll ever know.

Even adults who have fallen on hard times or succumbed to the temptation of alcohol or drugs, find it in their hearts to thank us and in this way express their love.

For thousands of homeless men, women and children love is having a regular meal of hot soup and bread and a warm blanket in winter and knowing they are accepted as worthwhile human beings. The faith and trust placed in TheSalvation Army, even when hope seems impossible, by those we help are an absolute expression of love.

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. However you choose to acknowledge this great tradition, helping The Salvation Army will be a fantastic expression of your love to men, women and children who most sorely need your caring.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a festivity that enfolds your family with God’s greatest gift.


Captain Velani Buthelezi
Public Relations Secretary
Southern Africa Territory

P.S. In this time of a world crisis, with the devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, remembering the importance of love is more essential than ever. A world surge of love can only make a positive difference, don’t think of this only on Valentine’s day, but throughout the year.