Tis the season, love is in the air. People are buying sweets, flowers, etc. for their loved ones to show them they care. But, as to lots of things that mean well, there is a down side.
What if you have no one to love, or you feel no one loves you? What then?
People become depressed, or maybe you're a wife and your husband buys you nothing! Then you (and probably him later) will really be depressed.
Well, there is hope.
What is love, anyway? Sometimes it is shallow as in a quick love affair. Sometimes it's enduring as when a mother's heart aches for a son who is lonely and in prison. Sometimes it is charitable as when one gives to those less fortunate. Love can be many things.
I like to think of love in another way. The Bible states in I John: "God is Love." Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, says in her book, "Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures," that "...love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying and elevating it."
Yes, to think of God as Love itself is profound. But what a revelation! If God is Love, love can never be absent, no one can be without it, it can't be taken away from us. God is eternal, divine Love, the only true Love.
Does this mean our human feelings of love are not real? No. When love is expressed it shows that God exists and that we as His children are expressing this love. However, human love can be fleeting and even fickle. It can even be lacking as when a mother abandons her child. But if we are aware of God as Love itself, we know that His love is eternal, His love never abandons us. The Bible also states God is our husband. A husband is one who looks after someone, supports them and takes care of them.
How comforting to know that we have an eternal Valentine-God. Love itself is nurturing us, caring for us, embracing us, guiding us. Can we ask for more?
So, this Valentine's Day let us be happy that as God's children we can express His love, knowing that we ourselves have an abundant supply of His love always at hand to bless and multiply.
Donna Homer is a member of Sunnyside's Church of Christian Scientists.