This year, Terry and I have already celebrated. Last Friday night we went out with three other couples. The fact that we all managed to find babysitters and get out of the house for a few hours was nothing short of amazing. Tonight, I will prepare a delicious themed family dinner. I have little gifts for the kids and everything. I will leave a note to Terry in our Love Journal (which has been sort of neglected lately).
I can't help but wonder what the future brings--those days when Amanda will bemoan her lack of a Valentine or worry us with the presence of one. We're safe for now. She has had one small crush, on a boy in her class last year. She wouldn't admit to it, but she got all starry-eyed when she talked about him. She did NOT like talking about it. At all. Ever. She has some friends who are brother-sister twins. They recently had a party with both sets of friends and "he" was there. When we left, I asked if she had any "special feelings" for him. "No, mom," she answered, still not wanting to talk about it. I asked if there was anyone else who she had special feelings for now, and she quickly answered, "No! thank goodness." That sits just fine with me.
Whether you have a "special someone" or not today, remember that you have friends and family who love as well and can give you a real-life hug or smile or Valentine's Day greeting. I can also assure you that God loves you, and if that doesn't bring you comfort on this day for lovers, let me encourage you to really think about the lover and overseer of your soul and what He has done for you. It's not just a pat answer. It's Truth, and Comfort, and Security:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
I Peter 2:24-25