VALENTINE’S DAY! Wikipedia shares with us that “Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.” They also let us know that the day started as a “Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus.” It is also “recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.” There is more to the history and we are told, “Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church. Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day but on different dates.” I don’t remember studying any of those facts in college, seminary, or post graduate studies. But then I am not the sharpest pencil in the box.

In American society as a whole I think Valentine’s Day is known as just a day that is now recognized more for the thoughts of love it conveys for that special person you like or love and a relevant time to express that appreciation in some special way. The commercial world has helped us out in expressing our love by pushing cards, candy, jewelry, and multitudes of other things we can give to our “sweetie.” For the business world it is more about money than it is about love. But that should not prevent us from taking a special time to shower our love and recognition on those we love by the giving of gifts, special events, meals, and week-end special times. All of us need and desire expressions of love to be shown to us. But in all the sentimental thoughts of this day let us reflect on what God says love really is. ”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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails,” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV). I think that special person in our life would appreciate us acting in a true manner of love more than they would like to receive a gift with a “gushy” card. But it doesn’t hurt to give a gift of special appreciation anyway.

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