This morning I went to the grocery store and an older man ahead of me was shucking out some cash for a dozen red roses. He did not look happy about it. It looked like it was an obligation he was fulfilling, not unlike completing the tax forms.
Valentine's Day inspires a variety of emotions, some enthusiastic and others hostile. My favorite memories of the day were in grade school with the little paper cut outs we made and then walked all around the room giving one to everyone. It was a big deal but a political nightmare.
Not everyone has a romantic love interest today. Maybe it inspires memories that are bittersweet or even horrible. For those of you who will enjoy the day with your honey, I say good for you.
Love among friends is also a very warm, fuzzy emotion. See Sandy and Brandy? They have been good friends for over seven years. While they are not littermates and Sandy was around for a few years before Brandy came along, they enjoy each others company.
Too often the love of friends is looked at as a consolation prize for those who don't have a romantic love interest. However, this is hardly the case. Good friends are in our lives by choice.
Love of spouse or friend is only a shadow of a greater love - that which God has for us. It's hard to wrap our minds around that. Our spouses disappoint us and friends let us down. God never leaves us, even when we mess up, forget all about him, get angry with him and look for a cheap substitute. He is faithful like no other lover could hope to be. His love runs deeper than that of a lifelong friend. Just because we can't feel it or imagine it, God's love is real. And love endures forever.