Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentines Day - Every Day

Valentine's Day has never been my favorite holiday. The premise is wonderful, a holiday celebrating romantic love - what could be better?
.
Hallmark beckons to us. Florists flaunt their wares. Candy shops fill their store windows with red, heart shaped chocolate boxes. Love is not only in the air, it's everywhere.
.
Please don't think I'm jaded, I'm not. I love beautiful cards, flowers and chocolate as much as the next girl. I'm just saying that just as we should not isolate our celebration of love to just one day, we need to look for love in ordinary days, too.
.
When my husband cooks supper because I've had a long day at work - that's love!
.
When he volunteers to pick up our daughter from a late night band competition - that's love!
.
When he gives me a kiss in the middle of the grocery store - that's love!
.
When he lends and understanding ear - that's love!
.
I'm sure we will be exchanging cards and celebrating Valentines Day on a small scale this year, but we will be celebrating love every day! I think I'll end by sharing what the Bible has to say on the subject:
.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Love
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

15 comments:

Denise said...

Nice post.

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Beautiful! Similar to my post too you are not jaded just real! Real love is what you posted 1 Corinthians 13.:)
Much love,
Angela

Joyfull said...

I love it! The everyday thoughtfulness that you mentioned are what true love is all about!

bp said...

I enjoyed your post. Oh yes, that is a good one you mentioned, having a hubby cook supper for us.

Have a great week!
Bethany

MiPa said...

Lovely post.

Susan said...

Amen!!

Yes, all those actions speak so much about your love for each other.

Great post.

Blessings to you and your hubby♥

nice A said...

Like you, I also don't celebrate Valentine's Day. But yes, who doesn't want all the fancies on Feb14? I really like everything that you said about showing love everyday, not just on Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

e-Mom said...

A man who cooks... you're blessed!
You definitely know how to celebrate your love each and every day. Thanks for sharing 1 Cor 13. I never grow tired of reading those beautiful words.

Thanks for joining us for Marriage Monday today, April. (((Hugs)))

theanniversaryshop said...

How does that old song go, or maybe it was just a commercial, "little things mean a lot." Thanks for the reminder to make every day special.

Mac an Rothaich said...

Appreciation is such a BIG part of love and romance!

Wife of Rob said...

I love it...and you are so right. Your realism is the key here! And those are some of my favorite verses!

Blessings to you!
Jen

Donetta said...

nice post

tonya said...

I am glad, I am not the only woman out there that loves the everyday displays of love. Great post!

thereservoir said...

A refreshing post; true love is never in the pomp and parade.

Tami Boesiger said...

The little expressions of love in the every day DO mean more than the obligation of a holiday. I agree wholeheartedly, April. Praise God you recognize it.