Valentines Day winds a golden thread of memories
going all the way back to third grade.
and on up to the present.
Remembering that one special Valentine
that I treasured for years
from that nice boy who sat in front of me.
Years going by and collecting many more.
Sweet expressions of friendship.
Handmade ones from my first graders that I’ve kept through the years.
And then carefully cut and pasted Valentines from my daughters
All of them beautiful
and oh so sweet.
It’s the expressions of love that took the most effort
that shine ever so brightly in my heart.
We spoke about it today.
When have you seen love?
The elderly husband that visits his wife day after day in the nursing home
but she hasn’t recognized him for years.
The husband who always gave a dozen red roses
and made arrangements for the local florist for after his death
to continue to send his wife
one dozen red roses
for the rest of her life.
Beautiful touches of love the go deep.
The daughter that gave up her part time job
in order to be there for her parents when her Dad died.
That brother that stepped in to help carry the burden for his brother.
And on and on…..
Those parents who give and give
day in and day out
for their special needs child.
The doctor that drove hours just to be there..
Although our world continues to grow more impersonal and disconnected
it continues to shine with very personal touches of genuine love.
All gifts from the Father’s Hands.
My cup overflowed with joy
when I came home after work only to discover a very special
breakfast that my girls had made.
Blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs and bacon, and orange juice
all arranged on a lovely table.
showing itself in action.
Love is more than a feeling.
It’s more than words.
Love is something we do.
An unexpected call here
a simple email there
all of it laced with love and care.
Let’s never grow weary from showing our love.
poured out on a thirsty world
always pointing the way to the Author of Love.