I have already heard the moaning and groaning about Valentine's Day. Some say it's just Hallmark's way of making money. Some whine about not having a sweetheart for Valentine's Day. I'm going to get on a little soap box now......you are forewarned.
I am blessed to be married and have someone to love. But, he's rarely home for Valentine's Day. So let's throw out the traditional idea of Valentine's Day, and get back to the "heart" of it. What if everyone took the day to do something from the heart. It doesn't have to be for your "sweetheart", but if you had one, it would be a great day to remind them they are loved. If you don't, then use that day to show love to someone. Maybe your Grandparents, a friend who is ill, or a lonely friend who needs a shoulder. There is no greater feeling than to give. Think of the great wave of love that could be spread this Sunday.
In the past when Dan is gone, I have taken the opportunity to help out others. One year I volunteered at the church to watch kids while other parents went out. Another year I took my friend's kids overnight so that they could get a much needed romantic getaway. This year I am taking my brother's four kids so that he and his exhausted wife can have some alone time.
So forget Hallmark cards and the idea that you have to buy roses and chocolates. Try giving your time this year and showing love in the way that God meant us to.