Valentine's Day comes in February. This is a day in which many take the opportunity to say to someone special, "I love you!" I think we need more of that; especially after a year like the one we've just been through. I'm not sure why we need a specific day to remind us about the importance of special people in our lives; but in many ways it is helpful. The fact is, it is easy to take both blessings and people for granted. So I would remind you that Sunday, February 14, is Valentines Day and this is traditionally a time for couples (married, committed, dating, and engaged) to share expressions of love with one another.
The fact is, many relationships have been strained, in recent months, due to either the effect of covid-19, or the stress of disagreements surrounding our political elections; or both! A friend of mine recently posted a blog article titled: "Surviving a bi-partisan Marriage." In some ways it was funny, but in other ways it was tragic. The fact is many stressors have been at work, during this past year, tearing couples and families apart. Most of these stressors arise from the reality of loss (loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of health, loss of friendships, etc.) and the level of denial, grief, anger, and depression that many have had to deal with is simply overwhelming. So I would suggest to you that there is no better time to say to someone who is special to you: "I Love You!" Say it with words. Say it with actions. Say it with gifts. But say it loud and clear. For the time is now for love to be the thing that is on our mind!
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.