Valentine’s Day.  I’m not sure if there is another holiday that evokes such diverse reactions in women across the globe.  Okay, maybe “across the globe” is dramatic but at least in the US where we have the luxury of celebrating a day of such frivolousness and fancy.  Come on…candy hearts, big red boxes of chocolate, flowers and teddy bears.  No adult woman really needs these things.  But somehow, if you get them you feel super special and if you don’t, well…it’s like not being asked to a junior high dance: EVERYONE knows you just didn’t make the cut.

Don’t get me wrong—I enjoy the holiday.  Especially when my wonderful husband puts forth even a small amount of effort.  I love getting flowers and going on a hot date with the man I love.  He will often write a mushy romantic card.  I feel loved because I am.  But I also know a world full of women who are not so lucky.  Many women feel the pangs of abuse or rejection.  How many Valentine’s Days for them over the years have been spent with different men in an effort to feel loved?  I know some women who have been hurt so badly by “love” that they have become bitter.  The smallest reminder of “ooey gooey” love makes them want to spew venom.  For them Valentine’s Day is trite, trivial and offensive.

I’m not advocating that we all wear black and go into mourning just to “stick it to the man” on this Hallmark holiday.  But I do want to offer a piece of hope with something that is a bit deeper than chocolate and teddy bears.  Whether you are married, single, waiting or worn out…there is a love that is better than life.

Psalm 63:2-3 says:

“So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”

God loves you no matter what your station in life.  In fact, the Bible says while we were yet sinners (running away from God, content in our offensive behavior and attitude toward him), he sent his only son Jesus to DIE for us.  He is pursuing you now.  His love is better than any husband, any hot Valentine’s date, any romantic gesture.  His love is better than life itself.  I encourage you to take a moment—whether you are anticipating V-day or dreading it—to stop and behold God’s power and glory.  His love is steadfast, it will never go wrong and he will never stop wooing you.

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