Only 5 shopping days left until Valentine’s Day! So…when you just read that, what was your reaction?
Was it “Where did January go?” or perhaps “We’ve got to make reservations!” or maybe…“Ugh, I never know what to get my spouse”. For some Valentine’s Day is just one ‘perfunctory’ holiday that means burdensome card shopping, maybe even perfunctory but hollow flowers (sent or received) or sadness that love seems to have ‘left the building’.
You may remember that last year’s Valentine’s Day was also Ash Wednesday. It set us up for a natural and awesome Lenten theme of “Love and Forgiveness”.
Last week in our Time for Youth and Children we explored how to show Love. The kids and youth were mostly stumped, which then surprised and stumped me. But it also inspired me. It means we need reminding of how to show and act out of love, not just Feb 14th but all year long.
So we are going to explore themes of Love all month long (which is supported by our lectionary, in part) since Feb 3rd is 1 Cor 13! You probably know the text by heart or if not, at least a good portion of you had that text read at your wedding, or have heard it at least half the weddings you’ve attended. The middle section is the juiciest:
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Wow-what a tall order! 15 things that LOVE is NOT- and 5 things that LOVE IS.
Let’s face it- we’ve all had some wonderful Valentine’s Days and we’ve all had some we’d rather forget or have already blocked out.
But what if…we made an intentional commitment to work towards living out 1 Cor 13 Valentine’s Day and every day? What if we refrained from even some of the things LOVE isn’t for the entire month? OR… what if we committed to seeking to bear, believe, hope endure…just a little more.? Because dear friends, that’s really the call of the Valentine. It’s a message you give to another without or beyond the candy, flowers, card, or dinner but it pierces the heart in a way Cupid could only imagine.
Maya Angelou famously said “ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”
Make this Valentine’s Day and the month that you and at least someone else will remember.
Loving others with you because of Christ,