Why I am not a V-Day Hater

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection, usually between intimate companions.
A recent stat I saw said that more than 69% of people hate Valentines Day.

Most of the blogs or articles I read about hating this day said that it reminded people (especially women) that they didn’t have a significant other and made them feel worthless.
Many said that we shouldn’t use this day for more consumer spending and wasted words. While I agree that some may misuse this day and feel pressured to give gifts to someone they really don’t love or cards that they really don’t mean, what makes it different than any other day we celebrate or acknowledge as Americans?

On Mother’s Day we celebrate Moms. Some have lost theirs. Some wish they were able to be a Mom and they aren’t. Some are far from their children and it makes them sad. So, should we refuse to participate in this day?
On Father’s Day the same thing happens, only it’s probably less significant for men.
On Christmas we often feel obligated to give gifts or spend more than we would like to. Do the same people that criticize V-Day also refuse to participate in Christmas just because many (most) have totally distorted its meaning?
On birthdays, we celebrate people specifically…. shouldn’t we celebrate them everyday?

Well, I confess. I’m not a hater. In fact I celebrate LOVE today. God’s love for me and mine for Him. My husband’s love for me and mine for him. My family’s love for me and mine for them. My friend’s love for me and mine for them.
I definitely do not think love should be reserved just for one day. As recipients of extravagant love, we should certainly be givers of it, as well … everyday. But today I especially think of those I love and those who love me so well. I am thankful for this LOVE month – and the fact that I’m studying the life of John, the Beloved. For me, love is in the air and I am enjoying the refreshing breeze!

Happy Valentine’s Day all!
A new commandment <sup class="crossreference" value="(B)”>I give to you, <sup class="crossreference" value="(C)”>that you love one another: <sup class="crossreference" value="(D)”>just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

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