Reflections on February 14th

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The stores have nearly exhausted their supplies of chocolates and bouquets. Tickets for romantic chick flicks like “Endless Love” and “Winter’s Tale” are selling out rapidly as couples flock to theaters. Restaurant reservations have been scheduled for weeks. It seems that everyone wants to be spending time and money on their special sweetheart this weekend.

While some cynics may argue that Valentine’s Day has become overly commercialized and is doing more for the economy than for relationships, I would offer another view point on this holiday. My heart aches for those who claim this is “Singles Awareness Day” and vow that they will be forever alone. I think that Valentine’s Day is about something much more heartfelt than the decorations we see hung in windows and doors.

St. Valentine lived hundreds of years ago (1,745 to be exact.) Much mystery surrounds the life he lived, as archaeologists have verified his existence through just an ancient Roman tomb and a church dedicated to him. It is thought that he was a priest who was not only willing to die for his beliefs but also lived a life full of faith. Many believe that he secretly married Christian couples in a time when Christianity was widely disliked. He performed miracles throughout his lifetime and even cured the blindness of a jailor’s daughter while imprisoned.

Looking at what meager facts we have of Saint Valentine, we know two things:          1. Valentine was courageous and 2. He believed in love. I think it is important to understand this when looking at the holiday we celebrate on February 14. I think that Valentine’s Day is less about showing love to a special person and more about being the one person who shows Christ’s love to everyone.

Wherever you are in life, regardless of your relationship status or age, you are surrounded by people. Friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances, people you would do anything for and people you want nothing to do with. Regardless, they are in your life for a reason. Corrie ten Boom once said, “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” What matters is how you handle their presence in your life.

I challenge you to be a Valentine for these people. Be courageous and be a person of love for them. If you don’t know where to start, the best place to begin is on your knees. Valentine’s Day may come only once a year, but every day is a chance to let your Love light shine. Hoping that everyone is spending the weekend with people they love. I know that whenever I am with my family, love is in more than the air: it’s in our hearts too. -Kate

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