Valentines All…

Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
my loved one in whom I delight.

From Matthew 12:18

Though this day is no longer officially designated St. Valentine’s Day on our church calendars, I’m compelled to pay homage to my childhood idol. For as long as I can remember, I happily celebrated the good Valentine who bolstered the spirits of others by sending messages of love from his prison cell. This is also my mother’s birthday, a worthy coincidence since I learned my first lessons in love from her.

This February 14, this nation and our world give us too many reasons to cling to doubt and to question the concept of love. Though we do our best to nurture love within our families and among our loved ones, it’s difficult to make a dent in the misery of Planet Earth as a whole. Still, we plug along because we’re convinced that love is the source of true happiness.

Today, will you join me in trying to emulate the spirit of St. Valentine? While school children everywhere share heart-covered cards with their classmates and teachers, will you join me in sharing morsels of love with those we meet along the way? Perhaps we can all become Valentines today and every day, one loving act at a time. Together, let’s chip away at the despair of this world just enough to reveal the hope that comes to those who know love.

God of Love, help us to love one another as you love us and thank you for those you have given us to love and for those who love us.

©2020 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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