21 Feb My Not-So Funny Valentine
Ever since I saw Matt Damon and Jude Law in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” I have loved the song “My Funny Valentine.” Damon performs the song in a scene in a jazz nightclub, and his rendition actually made it onto the soundtrack for the movie. There is a melancholy feel to the love song that is a bit haunting just as the movie is.
I have never really looked at the lyrics by Lorenz Hart from 1937 until last week when we were celebrating Valentine’s Day. So many come away from the holiday not feeling loved or at least not as loved as they want to be. I understood the song to be about how his valentine was not perfect in the eyes of others but she was to him. After checking the lyrics, I realized that was mostly true, but the song seems less sweet. I don’t think it does show us what real love looks like.
I understand the sentiment of seeing past your love’s faults or blemishes, but pointing them out seems somewhat rude and dangerous depending on the object of your affection. In the song, the singer questions the attractiveness of their love’s face and body while also suggesting their mouth is weak and they aren’t very smart. I’m not sure if this is a love song or emotional abuse.
I read recently that Satan knows your name but calls you by your sin while God knows your sin but calls you by your name. God looks at us and sees every imperfection and flaw and sin—the ones we have committed and every sin we will ever commit.
Each one of these infractions is witnessed and documented by our Heavenly Father. Not a single sin is missed or misconstrued. God knows each one is a rebellion—a rejection of Him and the life He wants for us. So, we wonder how can God possibly still love us…His valentines.
David provides the comforting message from God, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). They are removed not forgotten, because God knows all things. God certainly won’t forget what we have done in our lives, but the sin is removed.
In that ledger God has for each of us, the infractions and imperfections are covered with a signature. If we commit our lives to following Jesus, it is Jesus who signs His name on each of our transgressions. Thus, they are removed from us and are never able to separate us from God.
God rightfully looks at us and sees our sin and how we don’t measure up, but God doesn’t sing those lyrics from the song to us. He doesn’t want us to stay the same. He wants us to let Him make it right—to free us from those imperfections and make us whole again. No, God doesn’t want us to stay the way we are but to receive His saving grace and stay with Him forever. That is what true love looks like.
Blessings to you,