Happy Valentine’s Day


I know the cynical amongst us are convinced that this is a holiday created to promote the greeting cards and chocolate industry; and I do not believe there is anything which I could say that will change your mind. 

But my memories of Valentine’s Day go back to being in grammar school, and fastening a little lunch bag to the front of my desk; where at the appropriate time, we would all walk around the room, giving each other little Valentine’s Day cards, by dropping them in the bag. 

Usually they were cheerful and jovial instead of serious; but there was definitely a little thrill involved in reading the cards and seeing who remembered you.  I do not recall being too upset ever about who did not give you a card; usually you gave everyone a card.

A few years ago, I decided to revive that tradition; and start sending out Valentine Day cards; making sure to send a card to people who I thought might not otherwise be receiving a reminder that they are loved, and they matter to someone out there.

This year, as our world continues to battle with covid, though I feel a bit of hope, I still think we all need to be reminded that we are loved; which we are.  I am not going to write that I love you, especially if you are a complete stranger.  I may wish you well and want you to be alright, but I cannot say that I love people I do not know.  It is just not true.

But Bible Gateway’s verse of the day yesterday was John 3:16.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

There are a lot of verses in the Bible about love, and perhaps many that may seem more appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but when I read this, I thought perfect and right to the point. 

Whatever you may be feeling today, know you are not alone or unloved.

God bless you and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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