“As you look forward to celebrating Valentine’s day tomorrow, remember, those who were here last year this time but have since lost their lives to COVID 19.”
While Valentines day has long been celebrated as the official day to show people we love and care about love by buying cards, candy and the like, this year, it represents more. Many people have perished at the hand of this pandemic, that many are perplexed about how to deal with Valentine’s day. Just because those gone before us are no longer here in the body does not mean they are not with us in spirit.
What is one to do today if faced with the heart-wrenching task of looking across the bed only to find an empty space. The same goes for dining room tables at dinner times. How many family members will glance upon empty chairs, wrestle with broken hearts and fight back the tears? Sadly, there are too many to count, nevermind calling on the courage to imagine. It is not enough to say, “the loved one is in a better place!” In fact, some people would rather you not say anything at all than that.
All that said, Valentine’s day for loved-ones of COVID 19 casualities does not have to be unbearable. Any one of us can be another’s Valentine by simply saying these three words, “Happy Valentines Day!” How hard was that?
Is there somebody you know who fits in the above Valentine day situation? You know the one where you have nobody to say “I’m glad you are mine.” Happy Valentine’s Day!
Surely you know there is something you can do. The beautiful thing about the options is many do not involve spending money, just a little time. Failing to rise to the occasion may jeopardize your salvation. Not because Valentine’s day is sacred, but because it salutes love. And love is the greatest Commandment of God. So, it is not about what you call the day. Instead, it is about what God has called you to do in his name.
The widow(er) who lost his or her mate to COVID 19 may be experiencing unthinkable sorrow. What can you do to ease the pain? Do you have a few minutes to spare on one overburdened by grief? And then there are the children who lost a parent, grandparent, aunt uncle, sister, or brother? They need a Valentine too!
Fell free to give a shoutout here. Tell somebody Happy Valentine’s Day, in comments below. The Narrow and Wide Gates
3 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew: 13-14
We must be careful to not become complacent in our walk because no matter how much good one may think they’ve done it’s not enough!
If you’ve given up on yourself, don’t give up on others. In fact, let God use you so that He can bless you and restore your faith in him at the same time. Helping others is the most powerful healing therapy in the world. Try it, you just might like it!
- Scriptures for LOVE
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
- Song of Solomon 8:7: Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
- 1 Corinthians 13:2: If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
- Psalm 143:8: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
- 1 John 4:16: And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
- Song of Solomon 4:9: You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
- Ephesians 33: However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Happy Valentine’s Day!