Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Ah, it’s Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, hearts and flowers everywhere. Silhouettes of Cupid with his bow and arrow decorate walls and doors. The warm, wonderful smell of baking fills homes and shops, as heart-shaped sugar cookies, red velvet cake, strawberry cupcakes are prepared for this, the “sweetest” of all holidays.
May I mention chocolate? Today is a chocolate lover’s dream holiday! In my humble opinion, a heart-shaped box of chocolates is one of the best Valentine’s traditions, closely followed by the “old school” romance of red roses.
Everyone is given an opportunity to share expressions of love and feelings we have for the special people in our lives on Valentine’s Day. Even when life gets very full of the day-to-day responsibilities of life — career, school, family, finances, household chores, et cetera — this holiday invites us to take a “time out” to remember that love is both a noun and a verb.
As a noun, love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection, or a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, or a feeling of warm personal attachment. As a verb, it means, “to feel a deep romantic or physical attachment, or to care very much for, or to hold very dear with deep devotion.”
Whether you are planning a romantic dinner with your sweetheart, buying a lovely card or gift, or helping your kids give valentines to classmates, family and friends, I hope you are taking a moment this Valentine’s Day to warmly reflect on this wonderful thing called love. I hope you will actively make a moment to show love to the people you love. In my heart of hearts, I offer you some do’s and don’ts to consider today:
Do take a moment to Google/read l Corinthians 13, otherwise known as “the love chapter” — especially the verses that say “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud ... it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs ... Love never fails.” NIV