So the good news is that it is Valentine’s Day and half way through February. Bliss. ‘It feels like spring,’ my youngest says, looking hopeful. ‘Is it spring?’ Definitely not. This is how I know we’ve become more acclimatized to New Brunswick weather. Temperatures around zero make us shed layers of clothing after the harsh -30°c windchill we had for what seemed like ages in January and early February. I’m not throwing open any windows yet, it’s still chilly, and there is plenty of snow on the ground to keep winter going for a while.
I must admit Tim and I are not the greatest Valentine’s Day celebrators in the world. We should get more organized and make an effort. Having said that, as you can see, I have made cupcakes this year and I’m trying to think of something yummy to cook for supper. I think I may have mentioned before in my previous blog how huge Valentine’s Day is here, far more than the UK. This year I’ve even hung up a few hearts around the house. It’s a big thing in school, elementary more than middle or high. My aforementioned youngest wrote out little cards for her whole class and they will be exchanging them today as well as celebrating with healthy snacks…no candy allowed of course. The middle two girls don’t seem to be too bothered about the day (very relieved about that) apart from trying to get Tim and I to do something special. My eldest is heading out tonight for supper and a movie with his girlfriend. Now that’s a first. It feels strange for him to be going out and not us!
No sooner than today is over the seasonal aisles in the stores will turn from red to green as St Patrick’s Day approaches. Why that is celebrated here I do not understand, but that is just the way it is. As for the green grass of spring, that won’t make an appearance for a good while yet so I’ll take the warmth and celebration of love for today for my husband, for my children, my family and friends.
It’s good to be inspired to put more effort into my relationships with others and particularly my husband, but one day in the year alone dedicated to love is not going to do that. In truth it’s easy on that one day to be romantic, it’s not so easy on all the other ordinary days when sometimes it is less of a feeling and more of a choice. The thing is I can make that choice because I know that God loves me, that he loves me even when I’m unlovely and a mess inside and out. Even when other people’s love fails, his doesn’t. How can I not love others when he has shown his love to me? I know I fall far short of God’s self-sacrificing sort of love so I need his help every day.
‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’ 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, NIV