Every year as February rolls around, it is a busy time for florists, card manufacturers and for some a depressing time as Valentine approaches. One of my best friends in Dallas, Roxanne and I started our own Valentine tradition a few years ago. You see, after talking about it, we decided that Valentine’s Day was about celebrating on that ONE day to “love and cherish” your partner, spouse, loved one, etc. So we decided that every Valentine’s thereafter, since we were both single, we would take each other out for dinner, give each other cards and just spend time celebrating our friendship. Then one year, we took a trip to see our friend Jill, who also was single and the duo became a trio of celebrating our wonderful friendships that I have grown to cherish over the years.
The “hype” of Valentine’s always makes me wonder. Why don’t we celebrate the love of a significant other, spouse, friend ALL the time? It is my hope that you all DO! I used to get depressed each year around this time, before Roxanne came along, but then my second year at the seminary, one of my seminary colleagues threw a “Love for God” party the weekend of Valentine’s. She made an elegant meal for all the single girls of our class, complete with beautiful place settings, wine and music. Then we sat around the table and as we shared conversation, we all spoke about how much we love God and how we should love others as God loves us. It was a beautiful reminder that even though I may not get the flowers, the chocolates or cards, that I am a beloved child of God, and so are you. The great news is- we don’t need “a day” to celebrate God’s love- but rather we should remember to “love God with all our heart, soul and mind” ALL the time; because this IS what God does for us.
I heard one of my seminary professors say it this way: “If love were just an emotion, then God couldn’t command it. But rather love is something you do. It can produce emotion, but love is an action”. The Bible says, “Let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions”. (1 John 3:18 NLT) We can talk a good act and say, “I love people”. But do we really love them? Our love is revealed in how we act toward them. God’s love for us was revealed in the babe of Bethlehem in Jesus. It is my hope that this Valentine’s and always you embrace that love and share that love with and TO others. I love you all!
Always a servant,
Pastor Rosy <>< +