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Whether you love Valentine’s Day or despise it, it echoes through our culture, and the feelings linger on even when the day is past. Our bloggers are looking past the flowers, and past the pressure to be a perfect couple, past the teddy bears and the emphasis on romantic love to something deeper. This day full of hearts is fun for some people and hard for others, and our bloggers have a wider, and wiser, vision for us. If we see the holiday through their eyes, there’s more going on than the carnations and the heart shaped cookies.
Keep the love going, Kristin Berkey Abbott encourages us. “What if we continued to look for opportunities to shower expressions of emotion onto our loved ones? What if we widened our circle of loved ones? We could write notes of encouragement and/or thanks to our political leaders, and let us not forget the local leaders. We could write similar notes to coworkers and people in our churches and civic groups. We could write letters or cards to loved ones far away. We could do the same for those who don’t have loved ones who will write to them, like prisoners, refugees, or members of our churches who have outlived their friends and families.” She adds, “Let us also remember that we need to show ourselves the same level of care. What does your soul need to feel nourished? How can you sustain yourself so that you can continue to love the world that can be so hard to love at times?” A love letter to God is also among her recommendations.
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