It seems everyone is selling red roses today; hardware store, grocer, even on the street corner. Nice, yes! Necessary? No! (Did I hear you gasp?)
Many “expect” roses, chocolates, jewels.
Have we lost the meaning of love in the procurement of things? Oh, trust me, I am NOT against diamonds and fluff, if given from true love and not guilt or duty. For me, my special guy has shown me a better way. I will share some at the close of this article.
Tradition has it that Valentine’s Day was named for a 5th century martyred Roman priest. The day is a time set aside to show love. Traditionally hand-written notes were exchanged. Commercial cards came into prominence in the mid 19th century. (I think hand-written is still the best.)
Not just a time for couples to express their love.
Finland celebrates the day as Friend’s Day and in Guatemala it’s Day of Love and Friendship.
Valentine’s Day is a time set aside to show true love appreciation in some way to our friends and families. For me it is an opportunity to consider those who have no one; those who live alone, have lost loved ones, or seem disconnected from the community.
The value is not the card or gift.
I’ve received more joy from a dandelion held in a tiny child’s hand than I ever could find in a truck load of roses. My favorite card was made by a special needs adult and given with the tightest hug ever.
My husband is not a traditional gift-giver.
More love is wrapped up in the golden ring on my left hand than any diamonds or pearls available.
I neither expect or want a chunk of flowers or jewels on a certain day from him. I treasure these simple gifts from him—a silly stuffed clown he brought me from Montgomery Wards (that tell you how old it is?); a big stuffed raccoon from the furniture store because I giggled when it “sang” a song.
This January, he bought me a car!
Seriously! On a stressful day, he left home to “run an errand” and returned with a shiny bright blue bug—filled with white daisies and blue flowers!. I have nothing blue and no extra space in our tiny house! HOWEVER, that car is proudly parked on a small table in front of my picture window. I put a small pillow with blue butterflies in it beside the table.I LOVE MY HUSBAND!
Do you know you are loved today?
If you don’t feel loved today, let me tell you you are wrong! I love you very, very much. And God loves you even more!
The Greatest Gift for All Seasons
“For God so loved (you) that He gave His only begotten son, that when (you) believe on Him, you will not perish but have everlasting life.” from John 3:16
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