Since today is Valentines Day I got to thinking about what the day really means and where did it originally come from. Why did someone choose for February 14th to be the day when we should buy gifts for our lovers and celebrate our love for someone? So here is what I found….
**The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer’s poetry about “Valentines” in the 14th century.
**The ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, an annual three-day ritual believed to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility, was held on February 13th through the 15th.
**St. Valentine’s Day is the world’s “holiday of love.”
**Valentine, a Christian priest, had been thrown in prison for his teachings. On February 14, Valentine was beheaded, not only because he was a Christian, but also because he had performed a miracle. He supposedly cured the jailer’s daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed, he wrote the jailer’s daughter a farewell letter, signing it “From Your Valentine.” Another legend tells us that this same Valentine, well-loved by all, received notes to his jail cell from children and friends who missed him.
Nowhere in any of these points does it say we need to buy gifts for our spouse or significant other, take them to fancy restaurants or dedicate this day solely to the “one we love”.
As Christians shouldn’t we be celebrating “Valentines Day” every day? Shouldn’t we love daily, buy gifts randomly and celebrate those we love always? GOD IS LOVE!!
My husband and I have always taken our kids with us on our Valentine dinner. This year on this day I am in a different town stranded because of snow with my best friend. It doesn’t feel any less like Valentines Day because I’m not home with my family. After all I love my best friend! Tomorrow my husband, my kids and I will all go out for dinner like we usually do but not because it’s February 14th but because we love each other and we celebrate every day.
So as you celebrate Valentines Day today remember that tomorrow is going to be Valentines Day too and the next 363 days after that and remember “we love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19