Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.
This is one of my favorite holidays. For one thing, it’s a great excuse to eat chocolate and I’ve had a sweet tooth ever since I can remember. But what I really like about the day is that it celebrates love. Romantic love for sure, but that’s not all. We recognize love in all its forms. We get Valentines for our kids and moms and dads and grandkids and friends. When I used to be a Room Mother for my kids when they were in grade school, I liked the Valentine party best because all the kids got Valentines. You didn’t have to be quicker than everybody else to get Easter eggs. You didn’t have to worry about who drew your name at Christmas. You didn’t have to dress up like a monster at Halloween. You just got to collect a Valentine from every kid in the class and have fun feeling loved and popular. Then you got to eat cupcakes and candy hearts with “Be Mine” stamped on them.
Love is a good thing to celebrate. One of the first verses a child learns in Sunday School is “God is love.” One of the favorite chapters in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13 — all about love. We sing about love. “Yes, Jesus loves me.” He loves you too. Let us be a reflection of that love on this Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.
So here’s wishing that you are surrounded and uplifted and overpowered with much love today and every day.