Single and Hate Valentine’s Day? by Hannah Bland

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Single and hate Valentine’s day? Have you had a friend tell you how much they dislike Valentine’s Day because they are ‘alone?’

We often get the idea that Valentine’s Day is only about writing love letters to, or buying chocolate and flowers for, our significant others.

If we stick this narrow idea of Valentine’s Day we’ll miss an opportunity to show the love we have for our parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends. All important people within our lives. There are many other ways to enjoy and show love on Valentine’s Day.

In Ruth 1:16 we read one of the greatest stories of love. Naomi upon deciding to return home asked both Orpah and Ruth to remain in their own country. Orpah listened to Naomi’s plea and returned home, where she could get married, and have children.

Ruth, however, had a plea of her own ” where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay….” She loved Naomi so much that she was willing to give up all that Orpah could have, in order to live with Naomi the rest of her life.

As we look at Ruth we see that love isn’t all about getting married, being swept off our feet, or even dreaming and hoping about what our future can hold. Love is right in front of us. It’s in the people we surround ourselves with, those who really care about us. We see the greatest act of love in the Bible, Jesus offering His life for us as an act of love.

When you celebrate Valentine’s Day today, could I challenge you to shift your focus from the ‘love’ you don’t have while celebrating and expressing love to those who are right with you. The family and friends you do have who love you, and of course to God who loves you more than anyone on earth ever could.

From me to you Happy Valentine’s Day!

With Love extended
Hannah Bland

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