Love is in the Air

Love Is in the Air . . . by Sharon Sheppard

If you were to Google Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day, you’d get a long list of suggestions ranging from tacky to boring to erotic. All, of course, are geared for couples: 40 Amazing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day / Romantic Ways to Propose to the Woman of Your Dreams / Creative Ways to Celebrate with Your Spouse on a Budget, etc.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a firm believer in marital romance. As a speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), my most frequently requested topics are “Is there romance after marriage?” or “How to fall in love with your husband all over again.” 

But since the specific Fruit of the Spirit we are emphasizing this month is LOVE, and the Bible commands us to “Love one another” (John 13:34), I’ve been thinking about people who may not feel particularly loved right now. While the media spew forth a barrage of products and entertainment options for romantic dates and gifts, many people who are not part of a couple feel their aloneness more acutely at this season of the year. 

People in nursing homes come to my mind. People who live alone. People who no longer have partners. I have a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law who each lost a spouse during the past year. And three women from my church lost their husbands between this past Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know they are all hurting. I’m asking God to help me know how to comfort them.

Is there someone you know who might be feeling particularly lonely during this season when so much of the buzz is about lovers? Somebody who no longer feels special to anyone anymore?

How about surprising a lonely someone by dropping by a care center to deliver a chocolate heart and a hug? Or giving a co-worker some genuine encouragement.

Charlie Brown of comic strip fame says, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Be on the lookout for lonely hearts . . . 

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