February 14, 2017 — Jon Foreman

"True love is a stunning sight to see."


Not much is known about Saint Valentine. One legend has it that he was imprisoned for his faith. While in jail he prayed for the jailer’s daughter who was blind. Miraculously, the jailer’s daughter suddenly regained her sight. When this man was martyred for his faith, he left a note for the jailer’s daughter and signed it, “your valentine.”

Loving your enemies, praying for those who hurt you. This sounds like a bigger celebration than a last minute purchase of chocolate on the way to an overpriced fixed menu.

"Love is the movement"

“Love alone is worth the fight”
“Love is the movement”
“Your love is a song”
“Your love is strong”

I have written more songs about love than any other subject. And I’m not alone with my fascination: true love is a stunning sight to see. The highest forms of love take on a sacrificial nature, putting others needs before my own. A love like this changes the world.

In turbulent times like these I remember heroes who choose love over reactionary impulses like hatred or fear. So this Valentine’s Day, maybe we can dig deeper than just exchanging flowers and chocolates. Maybe we could reach out to someone and show them this deeper kind of love. Give of your time, share a smile, lend an ear, give a cup of coffee, or visit an old folks home.

And happy Valentine’s Day!

Categories: Journal

  • Love it! It’s so easy to become infatuated with the materialism of this day but imagine if we could all just stop and really see the significance of a selfless love. Love should be about others and shouldn’t ask for anything in return. You killed this video Jon. Catch ya in June, Switchfoot!

  • Bree Hulan

    Absolutely love this <3 Praise God

  • Sandra Erath Alemany

    Wonderful message. I shared it through my Facebook! happy valentine’s day, full with true love, uninterested and unconditional love. I wish you’d come to Düsseldorf. We chose specially the song “Hope is the Anthem” for our wedding video and I’m so happy to hear it every time we watch it. Thanks guys!!

  • Emily

    Wonderful, Jon. Happy Valentines Day to you too!!

  • Deborah Raila

    Come to Brasil!

  • John Trenter

    Thanks for referring me (us) to Cure, a great umbrella org. They are doing many great things in many countries. Also for Preemptive Love Coalition’s work and stand for love, they are right as close as one can get to the real-life battles in some of the hottest zones in the world. I love these great ministries and the hardest part is to pray over and parcel a modest income to where God leads me to give. Bless you guys and I look forward to Joyful Noise in the MPLS suburbs in the spring.


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