Love in a Closet
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13)
My dad was not a fan of Valentine’s Day. He declared that “it was a holiday invented by Hallmark just to increase their profits and if you truly loved someone you would show it every day and not just one day a year.” My mom and dad celebrated Valentines by going to the local pharmacy, picking out a card for each other, giving it to the other to read, and then putting it back on the shelf.
One year my dad brought home a heart shaped box of chocolate for Valentine’s Day. My mom made a big deal about receiving this box of chocolate. She even kept the box in her closet after the chocolate was gone. The next year my dad took the box from the closet and placed little candy hearts with the wording all facing up in the heart shaped box and gave it to my mom. When my mom received the box she shook it to see what was inside which sort of ruined my dad’s plan.
I never saw that heart shaped box again until one day, after my parents had died and we were cleaning out their house, we found hidden in the back of my mom’s closet that heart shaped box. That simple act of love meant more to my mom then I had realized.
God also showed us how much He loves us as John 3:16 declares, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” This love is not like a heart shaped box that we store in our closets but it is a love that we can bask in the glory of each and every day.
In this month that we celebrate Valentine’s Day may you find ways to show others that you love them. One simple act of love could be to offer a friendly smile and a kind word to a cashier that has seen scores of frowning people. Another act of love could be to offer food, clothing, or shelter to someone in need. Maybe one of the greatest acts of love is offering the love of God by sharing your faith with another. Don’t leave your love stored in a closet but bring it out for all to see.
Grace & Peace,