FROM THE HEART
Ah, Valentine’s Day – you either love it or hate it. It tends to be reserved for only those lucky enough to be in an intimate relationship, what the Greeks call Eros; the day is glamorous, exciting, elevates the heart.
But does Valentine’s Day need to be reserved only for erotic lovers? There are many types of relationships, intimate in different ways. Parents, siblings, friends. And why reserve extending our love and appreciation to only one day? There are 365 days that we can say “I love you”, not with flowers or candy or candlelight, but with words and actions of service and sacrifice.
In our humanly state we all long for Eros, but the love of God, what the Greeks call Agape…, respectful, unconditional…, that’s the type that brings true fulfillment. If we can bring ourselves to embrace and extend Agape to all those in our lives, then we will truly be lucky. And fear not, for Eros is not lost but is in the midst of Agape, for if one approaches their spouse with Agape, not only will you be lucky but you will also get lucky.
So I urge you to use this day, and every day, to extend yourself to those already present in your lives, and those who you meet on the street.
I’m going to end with a familiar passage read many times over at weddings, implying it describes Eros, but I believe it is a challenge to all of us, encouraging us to reach for Agape in all of our relationships.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.
Love never fails.
Be sure to reach out and touch someone, every day, in Agape.