Well, it’s true. When you don’t believe you’re anyone’s Valentine, it’s easy to get a little down. Maybe you’re widowed, have never married, been divorced, or recently suffered a painful breakup. There will be no hand-penned expressions of love, sumptuous chocolates or bouquets of flowers awaiting you.
If you’re feeling left out – or even if you’re surrounded by Valentine wishes – there are things you can do to improve the holiday for yourself and for others — you don’t have to dread the day. Above all, plan ahead. Invite others in similar situations to spend an hour or two with you – pampering, shopping, or dining. Visit a nursing home or assisted living center and spread some cheer – making them your special Valentine for the day. Bake cookies for the local police department or fire house — they always enjoy a little love and attention. Make sure the little ones who touch your lives are remembered with a card or call. Offer to babysit for a young couple who may be short on cash but need a break.
But it’s not always easy to look outside of ourselves – we need some help — so a good nudge is in order and a reflection on the One who holds us all in His heart. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son,” John 3:16. The world offers hearts and flowers and lots of candy. But God whispers to us again and again that it is His love that is the greatest gift. He lights up our dark, lonely places and fills them with Himself.
—Written by Dee Litten Read
Originally published at http://www.e-gracenotes.org