Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, excitement is in the air because there is an expectancy of receiving something from that special someone that we say is our Valentine and they have our heart. Maybe some will get a vase of beautiful flowers, or that large red heart- shaped box of candy, not to mention the beautiful card that goes along with the gift. Children will exchange Valentine’s cards at school and have a great party, parents will give kids balloons, candy and gifts, and friends will exchange gifts with each other. No doubt it’s an exciting time. As I looked at Valentine’s Day I saw that its focus was on the heart, there are hearts everywhere, cupid shooting hearts, and stores and classrooms are decorated in hearts. So I wondered how Valentine’s Day really began, what was its original purpose, and did it have anything to do with the heart? So many times we forget what the celebration is really all about, so let’s take a look at its history: Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to Feb. 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. Legends: J.C. Cooper, in The Dictionary of Christianity, writes that Saint Valentine was "a priest of Rome who was imprisoned for succoring persecuted Christians." (Wikipedia)
So we see that this momentous celebration began with the Christians, as they displayed their Christ-like love by helping others. We also see that Valentine’s Day is really about loving others more than one’s self, it actually revealed where one’s heart was, and who actually had it.
Knowing what Valentine’s Day really represents reveals that no one should feel left out or alone, because everyone has an opportunity to be someone’s Valentine, all we have to do is show Christ-likeness, which is shown by showing love. Give something to someone on this Valentine’s Day, whether it’s a card, some candy, an invitation to your Valentine’s gathering, or time shared with someone who would otherwise be alone, and they don’t have to be a part of your inner-circle, they may be a stranger. When we do this, we show that Christ is really the one that has our heart.
"And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself is much more important than all kinds of offerings and sacrifices," Mark 12:33. (KJV)