Happy Valentine’s Day!?! This is the day we celebrate the ones we love. When my kids were young, I took special care to present them with a basket of goodies with their favorite action figures, a few treats or maybe a new movie. And of course my husband and I always do something special. But do we really know why we treat this day as so special? Do we know why Valentines day is celebrated and who St. Valentine is?
From what I’ve researched, St. Valentine was a priest in a time when the emperor Claudius was persecuting the church. Scholars don’t know much of his early years but do know that he was passionate about Christian marriage. You see, Emperor Claudius had outlawed marriage and Valentine secretly married people despite the emperors edict. When he was caught, Valentine was thrown into prison and from prison wrote “love letters” to a certain blind woman he was fond of. After his three part execution of beating, stoning and finally beheading, stories are told of the miraculous healing of the young blind woman. She was finally able to read the love letters signed, “from your Valentine“.
As thinking people who live in a time not too far removed from slavery and segregation, we know that often times the persecution and our stand for what we believe in will leave a mark on history.
On this Valentines day, my hope is that, like Valentine, we all take a stand for Love. In a time when the world encourages immoral behavior, glorifies hate and even promotes revenge that we take a stand for what we believe in…Love.
If that means either
a. turning the other check
b. walking the extra mile
c. praying for your enemies
d. doing something good for “your haters” today or
e. all of the above
then so be it.
I’m determined to make my mark on history. I wholeheartedly believe in the Power Of One. A part of the reason for this blog is to spread a bit of love with each post. It doesn’t have to be a book or a blog or a blast email, but I encourage you to do something to show LOVE today.
Feel free to leave me a comment to let me know what you are doing to show love today, whether it’s to your friend, spouse, children or something special you’re doing for yourself or the world. Your comments could encourage someone else to spread love as well.
Be well, my friends.