This is not the reason for my post today, but since it's Valentine's Day, I felt like I needed to at least mention it! So, my thoughts on today:
This holiday is so difficult for so many people. All holidays that exclude a large number of people tug at my heart every year. Other examples of these holidays are Mother's Day and Father's Day. The reason why I think these days are particularly difficult is because we truly don't have much control over whether or not we fall into the category of being allowed to celebrate it or not.
Valentine's Day excludes anyone who is not currently in a healthy, loving relationship with someone. It is painful because the whole day is a constant reminder that they do not have what they so desperately desire. Even though I am married and have a wonderful relationship with my husband, I choose not to celebrate this day in a big way, simply because I don't like for anyone to feel excluded!! It just doesn't feel right! I know this feeling well from my years as a single woman before getting married, and up until this year, I felt this way every time Mother's Day rolled around. It was a constant reminder that, yet again, I was not a mother, and I did not have what my heart so desperately desired.
Therefore, in my own way, I would like to honor those of you who are in pain on this day by simply telling you that God loves you. I hope you find a time today to simply rest and bask in the love of your greatest admirer. Love from a man or woman on this earth is NOTHING compared to the love of our Lord. I love you all, and I hope you have a great day!