Try getting a reservation today in just about any fine restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI. You’re likely to be out of luck unless you’re willing to eat near midnight!
It’s Valentines Day and judging by the reservation lists across the city, it’s one holiday which unlike even Christmas, seems to be recession proof! It’s a day which is making lots of folks happy, including candy makers and florists who are frantically driving around making deliveries.
Valentines Day was originally a pagan holiday. According to this entry in Wikepedia, it was later renamed to honor two martyrs and the modern Celebration of the day dates back to this tradition.
Since then, this celebration of eros love has mushroomed into big business making it the 2nd largest card sending holiday second only to Christmas.
Which brings up an interesting point. In Christmas, the celebration is about the Prince of Peace, whom the God of Love sent to earth as an infant born to bring about reconciliation and relationship with Himself, the Creator.
Both holidays, Valentines and Christmas have in some meaningful ways been hijacked from the purity of intention which makes them truly extraordinary. And in a sense, the enormous time and attention placed in making a simple day ‘special’ draws us a way from the most meaningful elements of either celebration.
‘Cause you see, I don’t think Christmas was intended to be about an event, so much as it marks the beginning of a relationship of reconciliation…the love of God restored to mankind through the gift of his son Jesus. Christmas has a spiritual focus of peace…peace between God and man and peace within the human family. Gifts were merely symbols…not intended to be the main event.
In a way, Valentines Day is also minimized to a degree when we relegate the celebration of love between human beings to just a day. Love is meant to be descriptive of our everyday interactions.
In 1 Corinthians 13, the text refers to a lot of every day things such as: patience, kindness, not being rude, not seeking our own way all the time, bearing all things, thinking well of each other. All of these practices go a long way towards making everyday life more enjoyable and desirable. So…what do you think? Shouldn’t Valentines really be an everyday Celebration?
*The Challenge of an Excellent Life Class is a ministry of The First Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Rapids, MI for young adults. Visitors are always welcome. The class meets at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning & the church is located across the street from Union Highschool.