For some, Valentine’s Day means a perfunctory display of love, fed by florists, Hallmark and chocolatiers, but for me it is an opportunity to remember love shown throughout the year.
Every year has its share of challenges and successes, good days and bad days, healthy and not-so-healthy times, and this year I tasted all of it.
Surprisingly, my foremost memory is one of love.
The first half of the year was tremendous. Graduations, successes, a new grandson, and a wedding gave us plenty to celebrate. We enjoyed many “up” days during that time, and all of our family and many of our friends celebrated with us. I felt full of love.
As important expression of love is rejoicing with those who rejoice. I can’t tell you how meaningful it was to celebrate with family and friends.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice…”
The second half of the year was clouded by my stroke, an unexpected and surreal experience for sure. The most profound memory I have of that time, more memorable than worries about my health, is how loved I felt. God got me through it. No question. My husband was a rock. Many people prayed for my recovery, more than I even know, and the cards, calls, and visits of family and friends showed love that I’ll never forget.
It’s been over six months now, and I feel normal. (As “normal” as I could ever claim!) No physical or mental handicaps are evident, and I am so very grateful.
Another expression of love is praying and showing care and concern when a family member or friend is struggling.
“…and mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)
The details of the last year will no doubt fade in my memory, but I trust the love won’t. Don’t be timid about expressing your love to family and friends this Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter.
Love never fails.
God’s love never fails. However much we feel loved by our family and friends, God loves us more. He is for us. He is with us every day, and he has promised to give us strength to handle whatever he allows in our lives. He is good, and his plan is perfect. Because He loves you. Think about that.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 Cor. 13:4-8