As a child I remember Elvis Presley singing “Wooden heart” on the radio (1961), I wasn’t really into “pop” music at 6 years old, well unless you count “The Seekers”. I did like the rhythm of the music and I must admit everywhere we went people were either singing it or just whistling the tune. However I didn’t really understand the words particularly the later verses (admittedly they were in German I learned later, which explains why I didn’t understand). It did remind me however of one of my favourite jokes at the time:
A man boasted of having a wooden Rolls Royce, wooden body and wheels, wooden interior with beautiful wooden seats and a huge wooden engine, perfect in every detail. He went on to say there was just one problem, “What’s that?” queried his friend, “It wooden go!” (end of childish joke)
Amongst the many aids I have which I use in school assemblies and in All Age worship there is a wooden heart on a string which passes through the heart (For those of you who have access see the accompanying photo). It made me think of all those expressions we use in everyday speech pertaining to “heart”. For example “soft hearted” – for this I cut out a large heart-shaped piece of thin blue foam, “black hearted” – this led to a heart shaped piece cut from black card. “Broken hearted” was created on the other side of the black heart , majority of the heart shape in white, the broken bits represented by the black background. I’m sure there were others but you get the gist of where I went from there. Maybe you might think of other phrases to add that could be envisioned with a heart shaped object.
February 14th, Valentines Day, has been associated with love between individuals for some time now. I am sure many of us have either sent or received Valentines Day cards and we have felt love and loved. The stories behind St Valentine are like other Christian martyr’s stories, St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus about 270. Valentine had married Roman soldiers even though the Emperor had decreed that they should be single… According to legend, St. Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and healed from blindness. From that event it became the tradition to send proclamations of love to loved ones on 14th February. There are purists who will argue there were maybe 3 people known as Valentine who were martyred – we may never really know.
What is most important is that we show God’s love to everyone not just to a chosen few.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlbu6SsjlSE (Elvis singing Wooden heart)
John Pugh (Rev) Wymeswold Methodist