The next best thing besides Hallmark Christmas movies are Hallmark Valentine’s Day movies. I have always loved this holiday. Picking out Valentines for my class was as exciting as making a list for Christmas.
I am not kidding. I was that little girl. Always giddy with the idea of choosing just the right one from each classmate. I drove my young self crazy trying to decide which one to give my crush that year.
Do I go with the straight forward “I like you” then maybe he would ask to play with me at recess?
Or be “friend-zone” and go with the “You are super cool?”
Oh, yes, real drama for Valentine’s Day.
Then I grew up and the holiday become full of red roses, chocolate and awkward stuffed bears. Girls are pretty easy, at least I am (chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate). And maybe a red rose thrown in there
But, let’s be honest, this is my 9th Valentine’s Day without a “valentine” so those things don’t come around every year so buying chocolate for myself has become my everyday Valentines Day tradition.
….And I am completely ok with that and here is why….
I truly do love Valentine’s Day!
And this holiday means so much more than just decorating with red hearts, having a special someone to buy you presents, or bring you roses and take you out to a fancy dinner (Don’t get me wrong, the hopeless romantic in me does look forward to that!)
To me, Valentine’s Day represents pure, sweet, overwhelming, passionate LOVE.
All kinds of love that fills our life.
Love for family.
Love for friends.
Love for your significant other.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:7-13
But, those love stem from the most important love of all, the all consuming, deeply passionate, never ending, forever forgiving, and always flowing love from our Lord and Savior.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God sent His only son to die FOR ALL OF US. And because of what Jesus did on the cross, because He gave the ultimate sacrifice, He has showed us the truest, most passionate, sweet, pure, overwhelming love of them all.
Now that is something to celebrate (and to hang red hearts everywhere!)
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