It’s February. *cue the gigantor teddy bears, candy hearts (ew), and flowers* Who else gets a little anxious walking down the Valentine’s Day aisle at the grocery store? Should I pretend I’m too cool for Valentine’s Day? Do I wear my most bitter shade of black? Do I embrace the holiday as a single gal? I should really send my mom a gift, but that would mean having to go to the post office, ugh. Where can I get me some red and pink candy corn? How do those stuffed animals even fit through a door? Wait, I kind of want a Valentine… But what does that even mean, other than getting a free dinner? HELP.
So I Googled where Valentine’s Day comes from and couldn’t really get a clear answer. Here were my choices:
- A priest named Valentine performed secret marriages (totes scandalous) after an emperor ordered young men against marrying because bachelors make for better soldiers.
- A man named Valentine fell in love with a girl while he was in jail. Just before he died he wrote her a love letter and signed it, “From your Valentine” (is that supposed to be the romantic part, or?)
Either way, those stories kiiind of suck. It doesn’t really matter if they’re true or not, because what’s most important on the day of LuVvVv is that we know what love is and where (who) it comes from.
Who remembers the television show Run’s House?! Run DMC’s Rev. Run ended every episode taking a bubble bath where he said it best: “God is love”. That always sounded pretty cheesy to me, but it couldn’t be more true. The very first thing God did was love. He didn’t have to warm up to us, go through ups and downs with us, or even learn our deepest darkest secrets in order to love us. He just did. He just does. He loves us no matter what we’re doing, no matter when we’re doing it. So many times in rom-coms (that’s romantic comedies, for you old folks!) we get so enamored by the fact that person A made this sacrifice for person B, person A bought this and that for person B, or person A did made an Instagram-worthy gesture out of love for person B. That’s precious and all, but an even bigger display of love was made over 2000 years ago by someone who loves you way more than Jack loved Rose. God made history’s greatest sacrifice for us before Nicholas Sparks even knew how to write. YEET.
Although Valentine’s Day is mostly celebrated by couples and dreaded by singles, it’s a day we should all take part in – because we’re all loved. Sure, feigning bitterness might seem like the trendy or clever thing to do, but we all know love is actually really cool. We all know its worth, we all know the power of it, and we all know the importance of it. We know these things because we know what the OG love looked like. The more something looks like God, the more it looks like love. You can’t have one without the other (aww!), they go hand in hand (awwww!)
So when February 14 rolls around, I hope you remember this post and I also hope you eat that whole box o’ chocolates. Maybe your day won’t be aww-worthy, but its certainly awe-worthy. God is luv, Rev Kelber.