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A demonstration of love in time for Valentine’s Day

A demonstration of love in time for Valentine's Day
A demonstration of love in time for Valentine's Day
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I’m not sure if sweethearts will be off the hook after the recent extreme winter storms that have hit the metro Atlanta area. Some may have made advance purchases in expectation of the day.
I am not one for flowers, the candy, or other gifts that people feel obligated to give on Valentine’s Day. I prefer to know that I am loved and appreciated each day of the year. Although I have been surprised by the fine boxes of chocolates, the carefully sought after card and other thoughtful gifts by my husband on Valentine’s Day, it is not those things that tell me that I am his sweetheart. Rather, it’s the gestures and thoughtful throughout the year that assure me that I am his valentine.
Those who rely on Valentine’s Day sales, such as florists, grocers, gift and card shops may have been disappointed as they were unable to receive the lucrative shipments they rely on during latest winter ice storm. But perhaps the storm has caused us to stop and realize that being safely home with our loved ones is priceless and more valuable than any store bought gift could be.
“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” Romans 12:9-10 (KJV)
“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. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:4-13 (KJV)
It may be more of a challenge to get out there and get the candy, gifts, and cards that express the love and affection that so many desire, but it might be a good time to demonstrate through actions one’s love. It may be enough to have that loved one safely at home and find ways to show love through the storm. After all, love is an action verb.

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