Love Finds a Way
Valentine’s Day has been recognized and celebrated, in various forms, since the 3rd century.
In the 14th century, Valentine’s Day began to be associated with romantic love, in all its beauty and complexity. It wasn’t until the 18th century that flowers and candy became part of the Valentine expression. Today, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a day to show appreciation and affection for the people we love and care about.
This year, because of COVID, we may be celebrating Valentine’s Day differently. School children in virtual classrooms won’t be able to trade Valentine friendship cards with each other. Teenagers will have to share their expressions of love through online memes and social media posts, full of emojis that express young love. Couples that may not be able to share a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant will have to find ways to be creative. And yet, even with social distancing and the constraints of the pandemic, artists and musicians will find a way to remind us that love makes the world go ‘round.
While the way we celebrate Valentine’s Day may be different this year, the core foundation of why we celebrate this day does not change. This day is about showing love and care to others and I have been amazed and inspired at the many ways our Adventist HealthCare teams have found to demonstrate compassion and love during this protracted health crisis. For our many caregivers, across the system, every day is Valentine’s Day.
Our mission, which compels us to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing, turns each one of us into living valentines. We take as our rule of life the words of Jesus, whose instruction was so simple: “Love one another” (John 13:34). Those words are amplified in other places in the Christian Scriptures, most notably where the apostle Paul writes that love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8 NIV).
Love finds a way.