Some say Valentine’s Day is a made up celebration by the floral and card companies in order to make sale in an otherwise devoid month of any “holidays” or “special occasions.”
I say any excuse to celebrate “love” is worthy. Now how we choose to do so can be up for discussion.
While gifts are one way to show love, they are not the only way or some would even say they are not the best way. We can celebrate with gifts of all kinds like flowers and candy and cards as gifts for Valentine’s Day. Even those are given with some thoughtfulness. It is more the thought put into a gift that provokes the most joy.
A handmade gift from my grandson is worth a great deal to me. The effort and thought put into it by him is what counts as love in my eyes.
But we can combine gifts of cards, flowers or candy with something else. Whether a purchased or handmade gift, we can also take the time to pray for them and then send a quick email or text letting them know you remembered them in your prayers. It’s not bragging if done from a heart of servanthood to that person from a place of love.
It will show the other person that you were thinking about them and brought them before God with love and attention. You shared your love for them with God. You shared your time with God with them.
That, my friends, is a great gift.
Dear God, who is love, show us how to love more perfectly. Help us to remember those near to us when we come to you in prayer. Let our time be about others and not solely about us. When sometimes thoughts and prayers can seem like empty sentiments, help us to revive the power of prayer. Amen.