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.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
This post first appeared on Meditations of My Heart around this time last year, and I thought it timely to revisit it as I have many new followers here. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section!
Valentine's Day looms on the horizon, seducing us with all its red, pink, white, heart-shaped candy glory and regalia of romantic gifts. For many, Valentine's Day is THE coveted celebration of ultimate, intimate love. Roses, chocolates, candlelight dinners, personal gifts exchanged, and all shared with that special, irreplaceable person of our dreams who has chosen us as a beloved partner.
But for so many others, Valentine's Day heralds sadness, loss and loneliness. A relationship on the rocks. A spouse who succumbed to cancer. Divorce tearing at the fabric of a once-whole heart. People living alone and feeling the pain of isolation, so in need of a loving thought, a caring word.
A heartfelt prayer.
What can you and I do to ease those moments for others who struggle to view Valentine's Day in an optimistic, promising light?
Although this list is by no means exhaustive, here are a few suggestions to brighten someone's Valentine's Day.
- Send e-cards or real cards to friends and family members who may be feeling down and alone. Share your unique thoughts about why they are so special to you, and why you love them.
- Bake cookies or other goodies, and deliver them to your neighbors.
- Buy a pack of "kids' valentines," and pass them out to persons who serve you at your local bank, grocery store, or other retail outlet.
- Surprise co-workers with a small box of candy and a note expressing your thankfulness for them
- Buy a generous supply of carnations (any flower will do), and stand on a busy street corner to pass them out to those who pass by. Might not hurt if you tag the stems with the message, "Jesus loves you!"
- Check with your church to find out who in the congregation might be in need of an extra dose of comfort and encouragement, and follow through according to their needs.
These are just a handful of suggestions to get your creative juices flowing. Yes, my friends, I can see your hearts and minds whirling as you envision ways to make someone's Valentine's Day a special one.
May God bless you in it all as you seek to shine His light and love into this hurting world.
Did you find any of the suggestions above appealing? Did you come up with more ideas to share God's love with others on this Valentine's Day?