Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Post-Valentine Thoughts

Sunday was Valentine's Day. For many of you, it was celebrated with chocolates, flowers, cards, and perhaps a special dinner or lunch. I heard that the average man spends a bit over $100 for the holiday. Kay and I had our usual day at church yesterday, but the night before we managed to find a "new" (to us) Italian restaurant nearby and had a nice dinner.

Yesterday it was our turn to assist with the New Member Class at church, and one Scripture that was read hit home with me. As you may know, my first wife passed away in 1999. Although God has blessed me once more with the love of a wonderful woman, I still recall the time when I was a widower. All the holidays were tough for the single individual,  including Valentine's Day. Here's the Scripture to which I refer: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress." (James 1:27 NIV).

I know that our church, as well as the one from which we came, has a dinner for widows around the time of Valentine's Day, and that's laudable. But how about individuals and families making an effort during this season to do something thoughtful for those who have no one in their lives? Just something to think about--next February 14, and throughout this coming year.

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Gail H. said...

I agree with you. We tend to think of the widows, orphans and needy only during holidays like Christmas, Valentine's, Thanksgiving but we should look out for them all year round

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Gail. My own stint as a widower made me cognizant of a lot of things. This was one of them. Appreciate your comment.

susanwalkergirl said...

As some one who was single for many years, that's a lovely idea to be sure to include single people throughout the year. But especially on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Richard Mabry said...

Susan, it takes being alone to fully appreciate the feeling that comes on those holidays, doesn't it? Thanks for your comment.