Ministerial Musings – “All You Need Is Love”

I have never personally been a big fan of Valentine’s Day.
Once upon a time, that was just the bitterness of what seemed to be a perpetual state of being single speaking (I used to jokingly refer to it as “Singles’ Awareness Day”); these days, however, it’s more because it is every year more and more a crass cash grab on the part of greeting card, chocolate, and ESPECIALLY jewelry companies. It has been made abundantly clear to me, as a man, that I don’t REALLY love Caitie if I don’t surprise her with roses and chocolates, take her out for a ridiculously extravagant dinner, and then give her some ludicrously expensive piece of jewelry with an ostentatious gem on it (or, for the really ambitious, a Lexus, because why not).
What it comes down to, then, is that corporate America has co-opted love to be a commodity to be had, given, and traded. And that’s not what it is at all. As the apostle Paul reminds us in the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians, “love is patient, love is kind… [love] rejoices in the truth… [love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” He then goes on to say that of faith, hope, and love, the greatest of these is love.
When the Beatles wrote the song “All You Need Is Love”, they probably weren’t necessarily thinking of it in the Christian sense, but it is true nonetheless. Love is indeed all you need—love of Christ, love of your family and friends, love of your neighbors, love of yourself. It is this love in its divine, friendly, and romantic expressions that will allow all other things to pour forth.
So while I’m not necessarily advocating completely abandoning Valentine’s Day—after all, it is the day of remembrance of a saint of the church—I would say give it some thought. What can you do to truly say, “I love you”, to God, to those around you, and to yourself?
In Christ,
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