"But now remains faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
-I Corinthians 13:13
We all have someone special in our lives that we think about when we hear the word "love." Perhaps it's our husband or wife, a child, a parent, a boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe it's a best friend from our kindergarten days or that one person who's been there for us in good times and in bad times.
But have you ever taken the time to tell that person exactly why you love them so much?
While many famous writers are masters with prose, not as many of us have their special way with words. But there's no reason we can't use our own words to tell that special someone how much we care.
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to let the importance of saying "I love you" fall by the wayside of other things.
That's why the Central Kentucky News-Journal is giving you a chance to do just that - and you might even win a prize for your effort.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we here at the News-Journal are asking readers to take the time and write a letter to a special loved one, explaining just why that person is so special.
While Valentine's Day focuses on romantic love, we're also looking for letters that illustrate love of other types - such as the love of a parent for a child, a special friendship, a grandchild's love for his or her grandparents, or the special bonds that exist in other relationships.
Judges will choose a letter from a child, one from a teenager and one from an adult for a prize package from local merchants. Judges will look for creativity as well as originality.
We will publish the winning letters on the front page of the News-Journal on Thursday, Feb. 12. Letters should be no longer than 400 words and must be at the News-Journal's office by 5 p.m. tomorrow.
In addition, those who submit their letters by e-mail will have those included on our Web site for their loved one to read, even if it doesn't win a prize.
Send your entries to us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail: P.O. Box 1138, Campbellsville, Ky. 42719; or bring them by the office at 428 Woodlawn Ave., next to Central Plaza.
If you have questions, call me here at the office at 465-8111 Ext. 227 or drop me an e-mail at email@example.com.