29. St. Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. But you already knew that. The evidence is everywhere! Long before all this commercialism, the entire month of February was known as a month of love. In fact, it has quite the complicated history. The current holiday is the Christian version of a pagan holiday which first world citizens would find a little crude.

I like Valentine’s Day. As a homeschooler, I wasn’t surrounded by couples (or people, usually..) so it wasn’t even that big of a deal. It has proven to make my birthday month that much more pink, purple, and flowery, though. Yay for beating those winter blues!

For being a celebration of love, Valentine’s Day brings depression to a number of people. Yes, it is generally advertised and thought of as a day you celebrate with your significant other, but that doesn’t have to be the case. What if we all saw it as a day to simply love the people around us?

Last February, in Biology lab, a quartet came into the room and sang to my teacher. It was soo sweet and while it did embarrass my teacher, I’d say it made everyone’s day who experienced it. My teacher’s husband had set up the surprise. After seeing how happy it made her, I regretted not having thought of something to give her.

As Christians we are to be known for our love, and even on Valentine’s Day we should be the ones most strongly portraying the love mapped out to us in 1 Corinthians 13.

“Love is patient and kind;

love does not envy or boast;

it is not arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way;

it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

All actions of love have those motives at heart. We can be creative with how we work out how to specifically show love.

An unexpected letter arrived in the mail for me a few days ago. It completely made my day. While there are so, so many creative ways that you can show love to those around you, I’d like to suggest that we all place a few letters in the mail this month. Let’s flood the post office! There is nothing quite like getting a letter of encouragement from a friend or family member. And hey, you’ll get to practice your handwriting!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What are some creative ways you like to show love?

 

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