Valentine’s Day back in grade school was often bittersweet. The kids with parents who cared and had the means were showered with enough tiny valentines and envelopes for the entire class. Others were able to bring in a handful to pass out to a few friends. Merciful teachers bought extra valentines to hand out to those who had none. As a result, popular kids were lavished with valentines, while the introverts shielded an obviously miniscule trove with their hands.
For the past few years I’ve passed out scripture valentines I made to anyone I encountered around Valentine’s Day. I can’t tell you how tickled I get with the reactions. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t at least let a small smile emerge. Others couldn’t thank me enough. Even those not familiar with the scriptures are happy to receive a valentine, no matter what it says. For some, I wonder if it’s the only valentine they’ll receive.
There are many free, printable valentines online, and I’d like to add mine to the mix. If you’re so inclined, feel free to print them up, cut them out, hand them to strangers … and enjoy the many reactions. For many who are exposed to so much negativity and criticism in this world every day, it’s comforting and encouraging to receive a gift … with a good word.
Have fun being a light in the darkness to those you encounter … and Happy Valentine’s Day!