So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner.
That oh, so romantic time!
A day for flowers. Cards. Chocolates. Candlelit dinners.
For love . . .
All well and good and special. When you have someone special with whom to share it.
But, what if you don't?
Maybe, you are still waiting for Mr. or Miss Right to come along. Or, you have just suffered a break-up. Or, your spouse recently passed away . . .
Turning this day of celebrating love into one of sadness and grief.
I know. In the past, I endure many an achingly lonesome Valentine's.
So, if this year finds you a member of the Lonely Hearts Club, what can you do to shake the pity party and redeem the day?
Here are a few suggestions of activities you could do to lift your spirits.
*Make up goodie baskets for your children. Don't have any of your own? Why not surprise some neighborhood children with a sweet gift?
*Bake Valentine's cookies or cupcakes for your office or Sunday school class.
*Send flowers to a parent, a special relative, or a close friend.
*Send Valentine's e-cards to friends and family.
*Buy a big box of kiddie Valentine's cards to give, with a chocolate heart attached, of course, to your co-workers or neighbors.
*Visit a local nursing or assisted-living home and spread whatever Valentine's cheer you can afford.
*Pamper yourself! Take the day off from work. Go to a spa. Enjoy a massage. Get your nails done. Invite a friend to share dinner at an elegant restaurant. Give yourself a bouquet of roses. Go on! You deserve it!
*And, last, but certainly not least, write a love letter to God. Thank Him for being there for you and for loving you, not just on Valentine's Day, but every day of the year.
Rest, too, in the knowledge that the love you give away will return to you ten-fold.
How will you celebrate Valentine's Day this year?
Will you pray with me?
We are so thankful, Father, that Your steadfast love for us endures forever. Let us especially remember on this Valentine's Day, that we can love only because You first loved us. May we always seek to love and serve others in Your name. Amen.
Psalms 87, 90 or 136
Saturday, February 11, 2012
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