Last year on Valentine’s Day I asked an elderly gentleman standing next to me in line at the bank if he would like a hug and a kiss for Valentine’s Day! He was so startled, all he could do was smile and try not to nod. I smiled in return as I placed a few chocolate hugs and kisses in his hand and said, “God loves you.” His smile widened and his eyes sparkled with joy. “Thank you,” he replied with an affirmative nod. I wondered how long it had been since he had heard those three little words. I wondered if he had ever heard them.
If you run into me on Valentine’s Day, you’re likely to get a hug and a kiss, whether friend or foe. Many years ago I started a tradition of keeping a sack of chocolate hugs and kisses with me on this special day of love. Yes, I’m one of those hopelessly optimistic romantics who just loves to love. My heart warms when I see the face of a delighted stranger as they accept a tiny piece of chocolate.
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to spread God’s love without reserve. You can experience the truth that the more love you give away, the more you have to give.
Here are a few ideas for sharing love on Valentine’s Day and through this weekend:
- Serve heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
- Fill your family’s backpacks and briefcases with love notes.
- Leave a homemade Valentine with a little bit of chocolate for the postal carrier.
- Take your coworkers old-fashioned children’s cards with a sweet treat.
- Surprise your friends with a card left at their door.
- Take along a bag of hugs and kisses for everyone you meet.
- After school take the kids around the neighborhood to put a new spin on “Trick or Treat”. Knock on your neighbor’s doors with a “Treat for a Sweet.” Your kids will love sharing when they see the delight of your neighbors.
- Prepare a special supper of everyone’s favorite foods, even if the selections don’t really go together.
- Leave the television off for the evening and enjoy each other’s company.
- Read an old classic book aloud before bedtime.
- Include a special time of prayer for the unloved…orphans, widows, the homeless.
- Give out real hugs and kisses with “I love you” as you tuck everyone in for the night.
Don’t let this Valentine’s Day weekend pass without sharing the love that our world needs, God’s love, “not just for some, but for everyone.”
From my heart to yours,