Valentine’s Day will come and go but as women of faith, we stand securely and confidently knowing that our self-esteem is not tied up in flowers and candy; it is rooted in God’s love that is sure and unfailing. Whether you are single or partnered, it is time to celebrate Valentine’s Day in broad expansive ways. Love is multifaceted. We have huge webs of relationships as sisters, friends, mothers, aunts, cousins, godmothers, nieces, coworkers, church members, and more. Reclaim the day to practice love in all its expressions.
Take time on Valentine’s Day to share God’s love in acts of service, kindness, and generosity. Give blood that week. Buy carnations and take them to a local nursing home. Make and write a heartfelt sentiment to a loved one that you have not seen in a great while.
Know that God loves and affirms you. God’s love for you is limitless – unbound by space, time or present circumstance. This love endures and will carry you through the whole of your life.
This message is excerpted from “Valentine’s Day: beyond flowers and candy” by Angie Shannon from the January 31, 2018, faith reflection in Cafe online magazine. Today we commemorate Cyril, monk, 869; Methodius, bishop, 885; missionaries to the Slavs. Today is Valentine’s Day.
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