Fragrant flowers, yummy candy, fancy dinners, beautiful greeting cards, colorful balloon bouquets and chocolate covered strawberries. They’re all part of how we say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day.
But then February 15 dawns and the flowers begin to wilt, the dinner is behind us, the balloons deflate, and the strawberries are gone. Valentine’s Day is over till next year.
It’s fine to indulge in these delightful gifts, fun to give them and fun to receive too. But as we grow older we know from experience and observation that there is so much more to love than candy and flowers.
I can’t think of a better way to talk about the true meaning of love than Paul’s famous first letter to the Corinthians found in the Bible (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7) that included his definition of this word—LOVE.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.” (Easy-to- Read Version)
Happy Valentine’s Day!