Just before the holiday I sat waiting in traffic for the light to change as people traversed the crosswalk. One young man stood out from the crowd. Not wearing a mask, hair in need of a cut, and baggy jeans clinging to his hips, he crossed the street on his skateboard. In his teeth he carried a long-stemmed red rose. The red bloom dangled from its stem, jiggling with each push of his foot on the pavement. I wondered if the person for whom the rose was intended would fully appreciate the gesture when it arrived. I doubted there would be much of the flower left. But then, maybe he was one of those alone on that day and the flower was for him.
Expressions of love were shared by many this past Valentine’s day—dinners out, flowers, candy, and sentimental cards. Those with significant others in their lives reveled in the knowledge that they were special to someone.
But there were those who, through no fault of their own, despised the annual event. For whatever reason, they were alone. Some never found a person with whom they could share their life. For others, illness or covid isolated them. For another segment, death had taken their loved one, or divorce had destroyed their family. The day yawned endless to these forgotten souls—they couldn’t wait for its end.
Jesus came as a friend to the homeless, a companion to the needy, a comfort to those who mourn. His short time on earth testified to the love of an eternal Father who understood the kinds of pain and loneliness life here can bring.
In John 14:1-3 (NKJV) Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Whatever your state during this month of Valentine’s Day I wish you the joys of God’s love. While others have failed you, He never will.
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