A post for Valentines Day
by Emily Nelson
“maybe one of the reasons I’ve struggled with Valentine’s Day in the past is because I don’t believe love is exclusive to lovers. all love is worth celebrating: between friends, shared with family members, seen in the way you care for your pet, the way you tend a garden, the way you get up every day to go to work, the manner in which you touch the lives around you.
love as we know it is rooted in the First Love, the love that made the first move, that danced over the stillness of the water at the beginning of time, that breathed life into the dust, that gives color to flowers and sweetness to the air and depth to hope. love that took on flesh and lived among us and showed us a better way. love that was faithful unto death and triumphant over its sting. love that gives us strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow.
that kind of love cannot be contained in a single day in February. it paints the sky purple every morning. it always finds a new way to make itself known. & it finds its origin in the extravagance and beauty and goodness and splendor of Jesus, the Christ, the Lover who taught us how to really love.
so wherever you are today, single or taken, feeling lonely or feeling fulfilled, apathetic about the future or madly smitten with the gift that is today, know this: you are deeply loved. and the love you give to others – it matters. you’re changing the world with it, darling. keep that chin high, keep that hope alight, and keep moving forward, love.”