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A Valentine's Day reflection

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Valentine’s Day is upon us, and what proves to be a day of romance and passion for some is a day of loneliness for others. Signs of the day are everywhere. Teddy bears, boxes of heart-shaped candy, red roses, and cards greet us at the grocery store, the retail store, and on the side of the road. They all stare the consumer in the face and either shout out “You have someone who loves you!” or “You don’t have someone who loves you.”

The truth is that a large number of people are not in a relationship with a special someone. People are single and widowed. Some people are too busy to be in a relationship. Some people have no desire to be in a relationship. Still, Valentine’s Day has a tendency to make these people feel alone and unloved.

Love, however, does not come in a box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses. Love comes from deep inside. Even the most unloving person in the world can walk into a store and pick up a box of chocolates and a dozen roses. But for a person to reach deep inside and be vulnerable is the first step toward true love.

Valentine’s Day is for everyone, for the deepest love one can find is the love that comes from God. This is the love that enables you to love yourself on a level that no other person ever can. On this Valentine’s Day, if you are alone…spend the day nurturing yourself. Buy yourself flowers. Take a bubble bath. Go for a walk. Watch your favorite movie. Visit a friend or do something kind for another person. Share the love that is brimming over inside of you with another person. There are so many ways to express love in this world, yet so many sit around feeling sorry for themselves waiting for love to come to them. Be the love that you want to receive on this Valentine’s Day. You won’t regret it.

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