Saturday, February 13, 2010

On Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day. The day to curl up in a cozy blanket with a romantic story and drown your loneliness in a cup of hot chocolate. *gag* Uh - not!

Yes, Valentine's Day is a day about love, primarily romantic love. And for one without a "special someone," the day can make you feel more acutely single. But instead of it being SAD - Singles' Awareness Day - let's make it GLAD - God's Love Appreciation Day! Okay, so it's a little cheesy, but, though we may be single, we certainly have a lot to be grateful for! God's love is perfect, much better than the love of a spouse - as amazing as that is - and His love will never fail. No matter how romantic they are, people will always let you down, but God never will. And even more awesome, God's love covers over a multitude of sins.

I admit, I still feel a few pangs of loneliness, wishing I could spend the day with my Dearest. But, though I don't know who my future husband is, I am blessed with others to spend the day with. I haven't experienced romantic love, but I've been blessed with the true love of family and close friends. Best of all, I am assured of the love of God.
"How great the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" - 1 John 3:1a
As exciting as the love of a man will be, God's love surpasses it. Though I look forward to the days I'll spend with my future husband, I am even more grateful that I can live every day in God's love. I don't have to wait until I marry to experience deep love. God loves me with an everlasting love, more rich and full than any mortal man could give.

This Valentine's Day, I've been praying that it will be a day of joy. Instead of sadness or loneliness, I pray that you, my single sisters, will be filled with the joy of the Lord! A great way to experience joy is to not focus on yourself. Instead of sitting in seclusion and bemoaning your relationship status, look for ways to serve others!

Will you join me in focusing on the love of the Lord and making this Valentine's Day one of joy and GLADness? Rejoice in the fact that, with our Heavenly Father, we are never alone. There is such comfort in that!

10 comments:

brit said...

So very true! Reminds me of that lovely song, "How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure; that He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure..."

Anonymous said...

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 8:38-39

Happy Valentine's Day!

Jamaican Princess said...

AMEN!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Happy Valentines Day Dear Anna!

Meghan said...

I'm somewhat of a 'silent' reader and have long enjoyed your blog. :) And I'm also a friend of Gabrielle's...great post. The Lord recently laid similar thoughts on my heart and I just wrote a similar post over at my blog: www.mysimpleblessedlife.blogspot.com
And if you scroll, there's a fun-filled b-day post for Gabrielle. :)

Meghan said...

Great post!

I just posted similar thoughts on our blog: mysimpleblessedlife.blogspot.com

(If you scroll, there's a host of pictures in a post for Gabrielle's birthday):)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this wonderful reminder that though singleness can be tough, it is not without purpose.

Sandra said...

Thanks for this wonderful post. Being 26 years old and still single certainly has given me the chance to understand a fair number of the challenges and opportunites that being single affords. However, Valentine's Day has always been one of those challenging days for me. It is always nice to be reminded that even in those moments of lonliness, we are not without the perfect love of Christ. Praise God!

Ebenezer Forest Farm said...

I've never heard of SAD before, but I love the idea of GLAD! That is very interesting. :)

Karin said...

Thanks for a great post! It's a good reminder for me that although I have a wonderful fiance, God will, just as he always has, love me more.