happy late valentines day to all. for a while in my life, i was quite cynical towards any kind of romantic relationships, and i saw valentine’s day as just a cheesy sploof for all the lazy boyfriends (who regularly don’t do special things for the girlfriends) to make up for their lack of romance. and as cliche as valentine’s day is, i kind of like it. granted, it is lame if that is the only day your significant other does something out of the ordinary for you… anyways, before i begin rambling about that… my cynicism for romance and love is dead. i didn’t dread “singles awareness day.” -which is seriously the silliest thing i have ever heard.- and in all honesty, i was absolutely overwhelmed with love yesterday. the night before the 14th i laid in bed watching pride and prejudice. something about mr. darcy’s cynicism and elizabeth bennett’s wit entrances me to know end. as i saw the two develop emotions other than resentment toward one another, i thought about how lovely love can be. at the end of the movie mr. darcy says this, “you have bewitched me, body and soul. and i love, i love, i love you. i never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” if that isn’t the most wonderful thing a man could say to a woman… well, then i don’t know what is. i’m currently in a phase where all sorts of love stories entice me. what can i say? i love love. there is truly nothing like it. and for once in my life, i feel as if i have found it.

i previously said that i was overwhelmed with love on valentine’s day. for those of you who know me well, i’m sure your extremely curious as to who this striking young chap must be. and i am more than happy to reveal that answer to you. psalm 91 paints a wonderful picture of a small creature being lifted up out desolate destruction and stomping over its foes once it has been rescued. verse 4 says, “he will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge…” this verse sticks out to me for some reason. maybe it’s because i love feathers…? or maybe it’s because i love the imagery of fierce and beautiful bird protecting its infant from all that want to eat him alive. Jesus says, “i will rescue him; i will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. he will call upon me, and i will answer him. i will be with him in trouble, i will deliver him and honor him” (v. 14). he says these things to those who love him. when we love him, he returns that love far greater than we can ever imagine. sometimes i try to imagine his great love for us…. i fail every single time. but try it. picture some of the greatest love stories you know. maybe these names will ring a bell: romeo + juliet. noah + allie. jack + rose. carrie + mr. big. elizabeth bennett + mr. darcy. none of these love stories even compare to the love story that that we are a part of when we love Jesus. isn’t that wonderful? to someone who loves love as much as i do…. i love that. and it kind of makes me giddy.

and that is what i have to say about valentines day. Jesus love absolutely overwhelmed me. which put a whole new spin on this completely commercial holiday (that can still be sweet… if you have enough candy, that is). however, i did enjoy the scooby doo valentine that the cashier at moe’s gave me. hip hip hooray for cheesy valentines!

p.s. i would love it if someone gave me a card like this.